In-depth with Nigel Adkins
Saturday was another point, of course we'd have liked all three. Huddersfield are not a bad side and they pass it well. We gave another poor goal away in the first couple of minutes, and having lost the previous game, going behind early on presented a challenge. But the lads responded well and got a penalty with a good bit of play and then Pav scored it. Both keepers then had to make good saves and it was competitive.
When you're at home the emphasis is on you to break down the opposition, and we've not done that well enough so far. Likewise, if you give cheap goals away you're always chasing the game and that's been the story of our season so far. We've given away poor goals at poor times. What we have to do is have the belief to affect it, and the belief that we'll win our next game at home. When you look at the results at home this season, we've done well against the teams above us.
And I was also asked if I was happy to being playing away this weekend but the answer was no, I'd rather be at home. The crowd are great, I made a note on Saturday of the fans trying to get behind the players and lift them, which was great. And our pitch is lovely, I know what Charlton's pitch is like right now and I'd rather be on ours! But we have to find a way to go and win.
I thought Michael Hector played well and we were pleased with him. He has done really well in training, and he's played in midfield for Aberdeen against Celtic this season. We knew he'd have enthusiasm, physicality and the quality to control it and pass it. I wanted to utilise the squad, to move things around.
We know all about Alex McCarthy's ability, and he demonstrated it. If anything we've taken away the uncertainty of playing out from the back, and wanted to play in their half early on, and at the other end he made excellent saves. Feds has been outstanding in training as well and is desperate to go, but I can only play one of them. Alex played and made some really good saves.
It's the Youth Cup on Tuesday night, there's so many good things going on here, we wish the lads well, please get yourself down here for the game. The future is really bright, we've got players in the system who really play good football and that's great to know for the future.