There’s no solv­ing a prob­lem like Emyr

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Chris Hughes

EMYR Huws wasn’t known for his goalscor­ing be­fore join­ing Hud­der­s­field this sum­mer, hav­ing net­ted just twice in his pro­fes­sional ca­reer.

But af­ter his fourth in as many games earned the Ter­ri­ers a point against Not­ting­ham For­est on Thurs­day evening, boss Chris Pow­ell in­sists the midfielder’s shoot­ing prow­ess is no sur­prise.

Ryan Men­des’ first goal in a For­est shirt – a well­taken half-volley – had ap­peared to give the visi­tors all three points at the John Smith’s Sta­dium un­til Huws popped up with six min­utes left, al­beit thanks to a wicked de­flec­tion.

Be­fore this sea­son, the Welsh­man’s only pre­vi­ous goals came dur­ing a loan at Birm­ing­ham in early 2014 but while im­pressed with Huws, who is on a sea­son-long loan from Wi­gan, Pow­ell also cred­ited other mem­bers of his squad.

“Emyr will get the plau­dits, but Martin Cranie’s body earned us the point,” said Pow­ell.

“Had he not stopped a shot on the line, we would have been two goals down and that would have been game over.

“I’ve al­ways known about Emyr’s shoot­ing prow­ess. If any­one saw his goal of the sea­son con­tender for Birm­ing­ham at Mid­dles­brough, which came from about 45 yards out, they will too.

“We must re­mem­ber he’s still work­ing his way back.

“When a new player joins a club you want to make your mark early – and he's done that.”

While the man­ner of the equaliser may have been slightly for­tu­nate, it was prob­a­bly no less than Hud­der­s­field de­served for a bat­tling dis­play.

The game’s first mo­ment of gen­uine qual­ity on 23 min­utes had led to the open­ing goal when Cape Verde striker Men­des, on loan from Lille, half-volleyed Erich Lichaj’s header high into the net from 12 yards.

For­est should have put the game be­yond doubt af­ter the break but Chris Burke’s chip struck the post and Cranie bril­liantly blocked Chris O’Grady’s fol­low-up.

Then, on 84 min­utes, Huws’ 25-yard ef­fort struck Jack Hobbs, loop­ing over a help­less Dorus de Vries and bounc­ing over the line via the cross­bar. But de­spite nar­rowly miss­ing out on a third con­sec­u­tive away win, For­est boss Dougie Freedman is con­vinced the points will soon come.

“At this mo­ment, we are not get­ting the points we de­serve,” he said.

“I am pleased with the ef­fort – the play­ers are get­ting be­hind each other.

“We are talk­ing about fine mar­gins, when you look at hit­ting the post and not scor­ing penal­ties.

“But as a coach I feel as though we are on the right track.

“As long as we con­tinue what we are do­ing, we will get the points we de­serve in the long-run.”



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