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DANNY: IT WAS A ROLLERCOASTER OF A GAME

1 February 2020

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Danny Cowley looks back on Fulham defeat

- Town Manager’s thoughts on the game
- Danny proud with how players got back into encounter
- Watch the full interview on #HTTV

Huddersfield Town Manager Danny Cowley insists it was a “rollercoaster of a game” but was proud of how his side responded to a difficult start at Craven Cottage.

The home side raced into a three-goal lead in just over half-an-hour before strikes from Emile Smith Rowe and Steve Mounié got Town back into the match. The hosts held on, however, during a frantic second half to claim all three Sky Bet Championship points.

“I think it was a rollercoaster of a game. We actually started the game well for the first 10 minutes and then you find yourself 3-0 down from their first three attempts on target,” he explained.

“There were some good goals from their perspective, but from our end, there was some one-on-one defending that we must be better with in that moment.

“It was a difficult moment, 3-0 down and with them at full flow, you can easily go under and I think before we would have done.

“I was proud of the resilience the lads showed and the determination to fight back into the game. We got ourselves back into it at half-time at 3-2 and we were on the ascendency when we came out in the second-half.”

Town were the team on top for most of the game after the break, but despite their best efforts in the second 45, they left Craven Cottage without anything to show for their work.

“We created chance after chance after chance against a very good Fulham team and we’ve dominated them.

“There was a lot of good play up to those chances but I’m not into valiant defeats, they don’t do anything for me. If you give soft goals away and don’t take your chances, then it doesn’t really matter what happens in between.”

On-loan Arsenal midfielder Emile Smith Rowe contributed to both of Town’s goals in the game, getting both his first goal and assist for the Club in the process.

“He’s bright, he’s a good footballer. He gives us a real link in-behind that we were desperate for. He’s made our offensive play better instantaneously really and that’s positive going forward.

“I want him to be more ruthless and get value for his good play with goals and assists. I’m pleased he did that today with two goals.”

With the January transfer window closing late last night, Town re-signed goalkeeper Jonas Lossl from Everton on loan until the end of the season, along with winger Chris Willock from Benfica, also on loan. Danny was happy with the additions and the window as a whole.

“We’ve got much more balance to the group now than we did have. The players we have; some have some have real experience and personality, we’ve brought others in that have hunger and enthusiasm. We’ve got a bit of quality in and around that as well.

“To bring Jonas in has been great. He was so keen to come, from the first time I spoke to him, you could hear his affinity with the supporters and the Club.

“Chris is a young player, but a huge talent. We’re going to try and get him fit, try get him going and if we can do that, we know that he’s got quality that can add to our group.”

You can watch the full interview below on #HTTV!


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