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DANNY COWLEY: IT WAS A GOOD PERFORMANCE

25 February 2020

Danny Cowley on win over Bristol City

- Danny Cowley reflects on victory against Robins
- Town Manager happy with his side’s performance
- Watch the full interview now on #HTTV!

Huddersfield Town Manager Danny Cowley was delighted with his side’s work on both sides of the ball during the 2-1 win over Bristol City at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Town were on top for the majority of the game, finding the net through Chris Willock and a Karlan Grant penalty. The Terriers then survived a late scare from the visitors through Famara Diédhiou, to take all three points on a wintery night in West Yorkshire.

Speaking to #HTTV after the game, Danny expressed his satisfaction for Town’s work all over the pitch, throughout the 90 minutes.

“I think it was a good performance from us. We were pleased with the levels that we got to and I thought with and against the ball we were good tonight. Probably the best we’ve been with the ball.

“We started the game well, got into a good place in the game and were probably disappointed not to take our earlier chances.

“We were pleased to take our goal when we did. I thought it was a great finish from Chris Willock, a real good individual goal and that put us in a good place in the game.

“We managed to get in a good place in the second half and get the second goal. We were disappointed to concede but pleased with how we saw the game out.”

After an impressive cameo off the bench at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday, Chris Willock was rewarded with a place in the Manager’s starting XI and returned the favour with the opener in a physically-contested first half.

“He’s a good player, he’s got real talent and natural ability in a one-versus-one moment. We’ve seen it regularly, we’ve seen it tonight, we saw it on Saturday, and we’ve seen it in training as well.

“We missed a layer in his progression in terms of his fitness; we probably had to jump one more than we wanted to.

“But he did well on Saturday, and we thought it was the right time to mix up the attacking line. He’s obviously repaid us, repaid the team and we’re really proud of him tonight.”

The one disappointment hanging over a positive night for Town was the injury to Jonathan Hogg. Town’s stalwart midfielder was forced off with a knock, midway through the opening 45.

“You never want to lose Hoggy; he started the game with such an aggression and on the front foot. It was disappointing to lose him but Trevoh came in and I was proud of him because he was unlucky to be left out.

“He could have sulked, he hasn’t, he’s trained really hard. I thought he came on and did really well, and Lewis next to him – he never stops running, he’s got an incredible work ethic.”

The second of two home games in five days awaits the Terriers now, with the visit of Charlton Athletic next up on Saturday afternoon. Before looking ahead to that, Danny paid homage to the backing of the Huddersfield Town fans on a chilly evening inside the John Smith’s Stadium.

“It was great to see our home supporters tonight and it was good to put on a positive performance. I said in my programme notes that I know how hard it is to be a Huddersfield Town supporter.

“For our supporters over recent times, it has been hard. It would be easy for them to give up on the team, easy for them to get frustrated but they haven’t, they’ve stayed with us.

“When the whistle goes and the ball starts rolling, they’re right behind us and we really appreciate that. We really need that because this was never going to be an 11-man job.

“For us to fight back how we have and be in the position we’re in has been a big effort, but it’s certainly not over yet, we’ve got a lot of work still to do and we’re going to need everybody’s support and everybody’s help. We really appreciate everyone coming out tonight.”

You can watch Danny Cowley’s full interview below on #HTTV!

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