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BILLING PREVIEWS TOWN'S MATCH AGAINST BARNSLEY

23 February 2017

Billing discusses his first Town goal at home

-    Huddersfield Town midfielder previews Barnsley
-    Billing looks ahead to this weekend’s Yorkshire derby
-    Philip Billing discusses David Wagner’s rotation policy

Huddersfield Town midfielder Philip Billing looks ahead to the Terriers' Sky Bet Championship match against Barnsley after scoring the winner against Reading on Tuesday night.

The 20 year-old explained that he had always dreamt of scoring at the John Smith’s Stadium and the importance of the goal made it even more special.

"As a player, I've come a long way since I joined the Club and I know I have to keep working hard.

“The goal against Reading was a big goal for both myself and the team. It was an unbelievable and important win, which kept our good run of form going and shows we can compete against every team in this league.

“As a group, we are always looking forward to the next game and we will go again when we play Barnsley on Saturday.

“The win against Reading was fantastic for us to keep up our momentum going into this weekend’s match.”

You can watch Philip's first goal at home and extended celebrations from Town's 1-0 win over Reading below, courtesy of HTTV.



Town’s midfielder is renowned for scoring spectacular goals and he admitted to htafc.com that his ability to strike a ball has improved because of Town’s training sessions.

"Every time if I get a chance I'll shoot and just hope for the best, obviously, scoring goals is always nice but I just take every chance as it comes.

“We have shooting sessions as a group every Thursday and I think they have really helped me improve.”

So far this season Billing has played in both the defensive and attacking roles in the middle of midfield.

He discussed how being able to play in both of these positions is crucial for any midfielder.

"You have to learn play in a number of different roles when you play in midfield and that's what I'm doing now.

“The holding midfield role is something I’ve had to get used to and adapt to; the defensive side of it has never been the best part of my game but I'm learning that now.

“I prefer to play a bit further forwards and be able to have the free creative role but they’re both helping me develop my game.

“There is a lot of experience in this team, with players like Mark Hudson, Dean Whitehead and Aaron Mooy; I look at them and learn from them every day.

David Wagner’s rotation policy has been evident throughout the season, which has given Philip a lot more playing time since December.

The young midfielder believes the fact that everyone knows their specific role makes the transition into the starting line-up a lot easier.

"The Head Coach likes to rotate the starting line-up and everyone in the first eleven knows their job or role.

“When you come in you know you have to perform because there are other players ready to take your place.

“Everybody in our squad has played a big part this season; the whole team has been phenomenal.”

Tickets are still available for Town's Sky Bet Championship match against Newcastle United; from just £15 for adults!

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