Ritchie happy with point

Last updated : 20 October 2007 By The Chairman
Terriers boss Andy Ritchie commented on the 1-1 draw with Athletic at the Galpharm Stadium when he told Huddersfield's official website, "I can't fault the lads in the second-half. In the first-half we weren't great as we were stretched out, which is what we told them at half time. There was too much of a gap between the back, the midfielders and forwards but we pushed up in the second half and started to play the ball out of defence a little bit more. I can't really fault them and I felt that maybe we should have won it in the second half. We have to start taking our chances as we had some good ones in the second half, maybe even a penalty. I didn't think that Sean Gregan went for the ball and he got his body in the way of Nathan Clarke, but he's clever and he's been doing that for the whole of his career. The only disappointing thing as far as I'm concerned is that we started playing well after 45 minutes rather than after 5 minutes. We've proved today that we can play well and be brave on the ball and pass it on the floor. Every ball to the front-men in the first half was a fighting ball, whereas in the second period we got it into feet. I also thought that Malvin Kamara was excellent in the second half."

"I think we were lacking a bit of confidence in the first-half, but that's to be expected given that we've had two bad away games coming into this. However, they've got to take a lot of confidence out of their second-half performance today. It's more of the 'Jekyll and Hyde' today, but Shez just said to me that he thought we deserved the win based on the second half. I can't fault their effort and determination in the second half and it was pleasing that once we got on top, we stayed on top. Matty Glennon made a couple of good stops in the second half and he did call for the Oldham goal. Richard Keogh should have left it and it comes down to communication, which we've talked about so much now. We've worked on bringing the ball out from the back during training and in Richard's defence, he will never shirk the ball, he always wants to get on it. This does mean that he occasionally gets on the ball where he shouldn't and he overran it a couple of times today, but at least he wants the ball and that will to get on the ball was the difference throughout the team in the second half."

"Ronnie Wallwork has goals in him and we worked on corners in training yesterday. Danny Cadamarteri is disappointed that he didn't get a couple of his efforts on target and we were on our heels when Luke's header was pushed out by Marlon Beresford. Boothy's back has been causing him a problem during the week and so we brought Daniel Broadbent onto the bench today. It's been great for him to get involved and he's done really well in the Reserves recently, scoring two this week. We needed another forward and with Lucas Akins being injured too, he was the next in line. We thought about changing it with a sub, but we had to keep Dave Mirfin back as Nathan had a tight hamstring and you don't want to change things when you are playing well and are on top."