Defender previews Saturday’s game with Reading
Murray Wallace wants to start building his own FA Cup memories, starting with Saturday’s game at home to Reading.
The centre back doesn’t have many of his own from following his boyhood side Hearts in the Scottish equivalent, as he explained at Friday’s pre-match press conference.
“I grew up a Hearts fan, so there were only a few cup runs to get excited about to be honest! I don’t have that many cup memories, but I think the first game I ever went to was Hearts vs Celtic in the Scottish Cup. I ended up supporting Hearts, even though they got beaten 3-0!
“As I got older I started to look at the English game, but since I moved here we’ve not had much of a run in the FA Cup.
“A good run in the Cup gets all the fans excited, doesn’t it? Hopefully we can have one this year.”
Town faces a tough test in the Third Round on Saturday in the form of Steve Clarke’s Reading.
Murray continued: “Ideally you don’t want somebody from the same league in the draw but this is a game that we want to go and win, because there’s a potential ‘glamour tie’ up next.
“Whoever we’re playing in our next game, we want to win. We’re treating this as just another normal game.
“I’m hoping we can build a bit of momentum now and two home games is exactly what we need. It would be great to follow up Bolton with a nice win in the FA Cup and then Watford in the League.
“We’ll do our pre-match work on Reading today (Friday), but obviously we know a bit about them from our game earlier in the season; it’s still largely the same group of players.
“Obviously they will set up differently under their new Manager though, so it won’t have much bearing on Saturday’s game. Olly Norwood is coming back and I’m looking forward to it.”
The Scotland Under-21 international has featured more regularly under Chris Powell lately, which the player is delighted with:
“I talked with the Manager about getting some games, because my season had been a little bit ‘stop start’ and I needed to play to help my progression. At the time it wasn’t quite right to let me go out on loan and it was nice that the Manager wanted to keep me here.
“I’ve subsequently made quite a few appearances during December. If I keep playing well and stay in the team, happy days!
“I want to play here. Huddersfield is my team and I want to impress, because I know my future is here. At this stage of my career playing week in, week out is the best way for me to learn.”
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