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2 March 2021

Town defender spoke following first start since November

- Richard Stearman on 1-1 draw with the Blues
- Defender happy to be back on the pitch following injury
- Watch the full interview below on #HTTV

Huddersfield Town defender Richard Stearman was delighted to make his first start since November but disappointed he couldn’t help the Terriers mark it with three points against Birmingham City.

Having made his return from hamstring injury from the bench at Preston on Saturday, the centre-back made his first start since coming back in the 1-1 draw with Birmingham City at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Having played the full 90 minutes, Stears looked back on the game and says the Terriers had to put the work in to take a point against the Blues.

“We had to dig in,” he said

“It’s tough at the moment, we haven’t picked up as many points as we’d liked recently and it’s a time where we need to be putting points on the board.

“I thought the boys battled brilliantly well. We may have to sacrifice the pretty stuff, and it’s going to be about digging in and fighting for the points.”

Having gone ahead through Fraizer Campbell’s seventh goal of the season on 63 minutes, the Terriers were pegged back moments later with a goal that ultimately limited Town to just a point from the encounter.

Stears expressed his discontent at conceding the goal from a corner but says Town will learn from it and take the point into Friday’s clash with Cardiff City in the Sky Bet Championship, also on home soil.

“We’re disappointed we’ve conceded from a set play.

“We think we’ve done enough and then not cleared the ball and made a few mistakes.

“We’ll be disappointed with that but on the flip side I thought we defended very well as a team bar that one error.

“I think a draw’s a fair result. We’ll take the point and move onto Friday now.”

One particular positive for Town’s no.12 over the last few days has been his return to the pitch following the last four months on the sidelines.

Now fully fit once again, the defender is hoping to continue doing as much as he can to help the Terriers in the final months of the campaign.

“You ask any footballer, they want to be out on the pitch and they want to play.

“I want to fight, and I want to help whether I’m on the bench or I’m on the pitch. I’ve been desperate to get out there and help the boys.

“It’s great to be back out there. I’m delighted being back out there and with my personal performance.”

Watch Stears’ full interview below on #HTTV.

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