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Norwood: "We gave Huddersfield all three goals"

25 February 2015

Midfielder reflects on midweek loss

Oliver Norwood was left hugely disappointed after Reading were beaten 3-0 by Huddersfield at the John Smith’s Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Goals from Harry Bunn, Nahki Wells and Ishmael Miller ensured an unhappy return to Yorkshire for Norwood, who joined the Royals from the Terriers in the summer.

And the Northern Irish midfielder has called for his side to bounce back against Nottingham Forest at Madejski Stadium this weekend.

“Coming back to Huddersfield was irrelevant for me,” Norwood said. “It was just another game and it’s disappointing that we gave them three goals in a game that didn’t have much in it. It’s hugely disappointing after getting such a good win at the weekend.

“We’ve gave them all three goals; not just the first one - all three. It was really poor. There isn’t much to say other than that; it was just a really poor performance.

“We need to make amends on Saturday but we can’t just keep bouncing back; lose a game and then bounce back again.

“We need to find some consistency and start building in the right direction because it’s poor at the minute. We’re in a bit of a win-a-game, lose-a-game cycle. We need to find a solution to ensure that we don’t keep doing that.”

Norwood came into the side as one of six changes to the Royals’ line up and he almost found the net with an audacious shot from inside his own half.

He said: “I saw Alex Smithies creeping forward and I thought I may as well have a go because there wasn’t too much on in front of me. He did well to get back. I thought it was going over the bar when I hit it but he got back and it was a good save from Alex, who is a top goalkeeper in this division.

“When the gaffer puts you in the team you’ve got to make sure you put yourself in contention to be in the next team. We’ve got to do something about our winning on a Saturday and then losing on a Tuesday. We can’t keep doing it.”

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