Winger previews Town’s match against Derby County- Sean Scannell delighted to be back in Town’s squad
- Winger revealed his teammates were delighted for him
- Scannell previews Town vs Derby County
Huddersfield Town midfielder Sean Scannell told htafc.com that he is delighted to be back in contention for the Club after being selected in David Wagner’s squad ahead of the 3-2 win against Preston North End.
That was the winger’s first return to action since he suffered an ankle injury back in November in a 2-1 defeat to Wigan Athletic.
“I was really pleased to be back in the squad,” smiled Scannell.
“I’d been out for a while, so it was great to be back amongst the lads on a match day. I know I didn’t get on, but getting the win was the most important thing.”
After a battle to return to match fitness, Scannell admitted that his teammates were pleased to see him back in the match day squad as they could see how hard he worked.
“The boys were really happy for me, when we found out I was back in the squad, a few of the lads came up to me and said well done.
“It’s hard to be out for so long and then break back in, especially when your team is doing so well, but that’s the good thing about this squad, when someone does get injured, we have replacements for them that can come straight in.”
From the moment he stepped off the team bus ahead of the PNE match, the Huddersfield Town fans were signing the 26 year-old’s name.
“I was really pleased to hear the fans singing my chant; it gave me a special buzz to know that they missed me and wanted to have me back,” explained Sean.
“The fans have been unbelievable this season; I know I’ve been out for a while but the boys always talk about how good the fans have been away from home as well as at the John Smith’s Stadium and I’m sure we can rely on them at Pride Park on Monday.”
Despite not getting any time on the pitch, the midfielder was delighted his teammates won all three points and reserved special praise for the players who came off the bench.
“It was a very tough game against Preston, they came to win the match and made it hard for us, but we deserved the win.
“I was buzzing for Collin (Quaner) to get his first league goal, but also for Jack (Payne) to score as well.
“They both came off the bench and played really well, it shows how important substitutes are in matches and that everyone can make an impact.
“Hopefully I can get some minutes next time I’m in the squad and can make an impact, but the main thing, like I’ve said before, is the team winning and getting three points.
“Everyone was buzzing after the match, we all work so hard in the week and we did in the game too; all the lads came back into the dressing sweating and tired, you could see how hard they work and they deserved all three points.”
Looking ahead to Easter Monday’s Sky Bet Championship match against Derby County, Scannell expects the Rams to go into the game with a point to prove.
“Derby will be a tough side to play against. I think it will want to respond from its result at the weekend and it will also want to end the season on a high, especially because they’ve got a new Manager.
“When a new Manager comes in, it’s only natural for players to want to impress and get going as soon as they can.
“As well as that, we know Rowett will want his side to put together some good form towards the end of the year, so they can start the season with some momentum as well.”
As the 2017/18 season enters its latter stages, Huddersfield Town sits in third place, seven points ahead of seventh placed Fulham, with a game in hand.
However, Scannell explained David Wagner’s squad isn’t taking anything for granted and will keep working hard until the end of the season.
“We all know there’s a lot more hard work to do to gain a Play-Off spot, your position in the top six isn’t certified until its certified.
“You’ve got to keep playing and working hard because the Championship is a league where anything can happen, there’s no point in resting on your laurels, you have to keep pushing forwards and testing yourselves.
“Everyone is enjoying this season and we are taking each game as it comes.
“We know we’ve been brilliant as a team all season and know with five games left we have to just keep playing the way we have been.
“We’ve got some hard games coming up, starting with Derby, and we’re ready for them.”
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