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Davies: "It was a real, proper derby."

25 February 2017

Reds goalkeeper and man of the match Adam Davies spoke to the local media following the 1-1 draw with Huddersfield.

Davies assessed the teams performance and spoke of how the half-time team talk amongst the squad helped to change the game.

“The first half we were way off it and gave them too much respect, we didn’t get in their faces enough and they played it round us, we should have pushed up higher and stopped them playing it around us.

“We came in at half-time and had a chat about that, then went out in the second half and executed it. We were winning the ball back a lot further up the pitch and got the goal from that. I think overall we deserved the draw in the end.”

Head Coach Paul Heckingbottom watched the match from the stands. Davies was asked how his Gaffer felt about the team’s performance during the first half.

“He was frustrated. We’d worked all week on a system to catch them out and we weren’t implicating that onto the game, but we did do that in the second half.”

Davies was awarded with a deserved man of the match, confessing that his Mum has already claimed the bottle of champagne that he was awarded with!

“She’s already text me and asked for the bottle! I am happy to get man of the match but the main thing was to get the point and move on to Derby next week.”

Along with Davies making some superb saves to keep the scores level towards the end, the big ‘keeper was quick to praise his defensive partners for their contributions as well.

“I made some saves but that’s what I am there for, to make saves! The lads made some unbelievable blocks on the line so it is not just about me, it’s everyone that needs credit for keeping them out.

“It was fantastic defending. It was a real, proper derby, hustle and bustle, the lads threw their bodies at everything that came their way and I made the saves when needed so it is good.”

Following the conclusion of the game, Davies was asked how the dressing room felt following the draw and also gave his thoughts on where the Reds can go now following the 50-point mark being reached.

“The dressing room was a little bit disappointed to be fair, we’ve had a fair few chances on the break where we didn’t show that bit of quality, I think we can play a lot better than that. It was a proper derby but our quality wasn’t the best so we will work on that and hopefully improve.

“We don’t talk about the play-offs and the Gaffer passes that onto us. We just take it game by game. I know it’s cliché but it’s the best way. The aim was 50 points, that’s what people say you need in this league to be safe so anything now is a bonus.”

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