Skipper delighted to contribute to first clean sheet
- Mark Hudson reviews draw at Ipswich
- Captain delighted to return after injury
- Defender says team deserved its clean sheet
Huddersfield Town’s Captain Mark Hudson was a key figure at the heart of the defence as the Terriers kept a first clean sheet of the season in Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Ipswich.
The tall centre back completed his return from the ankle injury sustained against QPR in late August in place of Elliott Ward
at Portman Road and was a contender for ‘Man of the Match’ as he helped to combat the direct, relentless threat of the Tractor Boys.
“It’s obviously great to come back and get a clean sheet. I think we deserved that as a team,” Mark told htafc.com after the final whistle.
“On a personal level it was great to get through the game. I had 90 minutes in the behind-closed-doors game at Manchester City
and I believe that helped me on Saturday. It had been a while since I’d been out, but these things happen in football.
“It has taken longer than I thought it would to get back, but that’s done now and I’m glad to be back in the team. I took my time, got fit and now I’m back in the team, which is great.
“It wasn’t a pretty game, but it is always really hard coming here. Ipswich has four good strikers to choose from and they were all on the pitch at the end. They have good players on the wing too, but we defended well as a unit and as a team from the front.
“You have to come to places like this and shut up shop whilst trying to nick one and we could have easily scored with the chances we had. Nahki was really unlucky with his one cleared off the line and we had a few others too, like when Joel nearly got in front of the ‘keeper.
“Obviously we needed Jed with the save at the end after a ricochet found its way through, but that’s what he’s there for! He’s been brilliant since he came in.
“I think both teams will be happy to come away with a point after the game, but as the away team it’s probably a better performance and point for us.
“This result shows the character we have got. We had a tough couple of weeks after getting beaten at Wolves, but this is a great point. We’ve shown we can give anyone a game when we are all at it, but we all have to be at it.
“Hopefully we can now turn this point into something positive with three points at home on Tuesday, which is another big game for us. We know it’ll be tough as they’ve just beaten Blackburn 3-0; you can’t underestimate anyone in this league.”
Tuesday night’s home game vs MK Dons is just £10 for adults at the turnstiles!