Goalkeeper happy with Town’s recent performances
- Jed Steer reviews Fulham draw
- Goalkeeper hails improvement under David Wagner
- Aston Villa loanee discusses work with Nick Colgan
Jed Steer says that Town’s work under Head Coach David Wagner is coming together two months in, following Saturday’s draw with Fulham.
The Terriers fell behind very early after old nemesis Ross McCormack punished an individual error, but Town’s players stuck to their guns and soon equalised through Mark Hudson.
“We knew it was going to be hard, as they have good individual players and their Head Coach is relatively new there,” Jed told htafc.com post-match.
“After Tuesday’s game, we worked all week on how we would exploit them. As they play like us, we obviously knew where their potential weaknesses could be.
“Playing out from the back is one thing the Head Coach wants us to do and it can’t go right every time, so their goal was just one of those things. ‘Hoggy’ was unfortunate; he knew what he wanted to do and the pass was on, but at some point everybody puts a pass astray. He was just unfortunate his went straight to McCormack, who is a top striker. I tried my best to force him into an early decision, but he slotted it home. Nine times out of 10, good strikers put them away.
“We will keep doing it, because it does come off. We could have been shell-shocked after such an early goal, but we reacted well and kept playing like we want to.
“Unfortunately we didn’t manage to score more than one, but the set piece work we’ve been putting in paid off again. We do a lot on set pieces with Mike Marsh, defending and attacking, for a couple of days before each game and it’s nice to see them come off. It makes the work we’re putting in even more worthwhile.”
Overall, Jed believes the Terriers are seeing the fruits of their continued work under their German Head Coach.
“Overall we didn’t win, but we didn’t lose either and we take a point. We’ve won a few recently and drawn a couple, but we’re picking up points and heading in the right direction.
“A lot of that is confidence and hard work on the training pitch; everyone has bought into how we want to play and its going really well. We’re now a couple of months down the line and it is clicking. Hopefully we can keep winning games.”
“Being here month-by-month was brilliant, but you never know where you will end up. Now I know I’m here until the end of the season, I’m hoping I can really kick on. I want to play as many games as I can before the end of the season, but the only way I’ll do that is by playing well on the pitch.
“I get on really well with Nick (Colgan, Town’s Head of Goalkeeping); it has been brilliant working with him. He’s got his ideas and I’ve been open minded; I’m trying to take on his thoughts, as I trust he will make me a better goalkeeper. Training has been really good, as it’s been brilliant to learn from Murph’s (Joe Murphy) experience as well.”
Next up for the Terriers is Tuesday night’s Emirates FA Cup Third Round replay at Reading and although the ‘keeper cannot play, he wants to travel to the game.
“Obviously Villa has stopped me playing in the Cup, but I want to go down, watch, be in and around things and support the lads. The changing room here is brilliant – everyone is in it together – and I’ll be there on Tuesday night.”