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Huddlestone: We Need To Continue The Momentum

25 November 2021

Tom Huddlestone has spoken on how the team needs to carry on the momentum after a 1-0 victory against Cardiff City.

The midfielder slotted into the heart of the defence for Callum Elder as Keane Lewis-Potter’s fifth goal of the season helped secure the three points for the Tigers.

The result sees the Tigers leapfrog Cardiff City in the Sky Bet Championship table, currently sitting in 19th position.

“We’re on a decent run and I think that stems from the three consecutive clean sheets which is a big thing in this league,” said Huddlestone.

“To get three clean sheets on the bounce is massive, but we need to continue the momentum, have confidence in possession and especially in the final third, because we can’t always rely on clean sheets to get us three points with one goal; some games we might need to score three or four.

“We knew what to expect from Cardiff City. They’re a physical side who like to put the ball into the box as soon as they can and I thought we stood up to that well.

“Obviously in the last 10 or 15 minutes, they had a couple of chances, but other than that, I thought we limited them to very little to be honest. Although they had a bit of possession, it wasn’t in too many dangerous areas.”

The 34-year-old made his long awaited return from injury after coming off the bench at the end of the first half, with the midfielder happy to contribute to the team’s result as he looks ahead to Millwall.

“I feel good. I returned a little bit earlier than expected,” explained Huddlestone. “I wasn’t meant to be in the squad, but I was sort of rushed back a little bit, because we picked up a couple of injuries the game before.

“My body felt good and I was happy to play in a relatively new position with myself organising and keeping everyone focused, and the main thing was helping the team get the three points.

“We now have to approach the Millwall fixture the same to how we approached this game and the previous game against Birmingham City.

“I think we have the quality within our squad that can hurt most teams in this league so it’s just about matching the tenaciousness of the opposition and staying compact and organised as a team and if we match people’s work rate, I feel that we can outplay quite a few teams.”

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