Top Billing won’t faze Hud­der­s­field star as de­fender’s stock con­tin­ues to rise

Western Morning News (Saturday) - - Sport - BY MARK WALKER

Hud­der­s­field mid­fielder Philip Billing is de­ter­mined to take all the praise he has re­ceived in re­cent weeks in his gi­ant stride.

The 22-year-old Dane (right), 6ft 6in and cur­rently the Pre­mier League’s tallest mid­fielder, has emerged as one of its out­stand­ing young play­ers this sea­son.

A man-of-the-match dis­play in last week’s win at Wolves earned him a place in Alan Shearer’s team of the week, but it ap­pears Billing will keep his su­per-sized feet on the ground.

“Of course it’s nice to get the praise, but per­son­ally for me I’m just go­ing to keep my fo­cus, take each game as it comes and try to per­form,” he said.

“If you do well of course ev­ery­body will be talk­ing about it and it’s the same when you don’t do that well, peo­ple will be talk­ing about that too.

“I just take each game as it comes and try and do my best and that’s what I’m fo­cused on at the minute.”

Billing re­tains the shy­ness that marked him out when he ar­rived at Hud­der­s­field from Es­b­jerg as a cal­low 16-year-old in 2013.

Talk­ing him­self up does not come easy, but he ac­cepts a dif­fer­ent mind­set this sea­son has helped him lift his game to an­other level.

“Yes, def­i­nitely,” he said. “I’ve been able to be more con­sis­tent than I was. I’m work­ing hard on that and it’s just nice to be play­ing ev­ery game.

“I worked pretty hard in the off­sea­son be­fore I came back and worked with some peo­ple back in Den­mark, so big credit to them.

“I came back with a dif­fer­ent men­tal­ity and I set my­self the goal that I wanted to play as many games as pos­si­ble. I’ve done that, but I have to con­tinue. If you be­lieve in your­self, you will do well, if you don’t you might end up out on loan. I know I want to play and show my worth and that’s what I’m fo­cused on.”

Hud­der­s­field’s 2-0 win at Wolves last week made it seven points from a pos­si­ble nine and cat­a­pulted them out of the bot­tom three.

The Ter­ri­ers have an­other real chance to get more points in the bag against Brighton at the John Smith’s Sta­dium to­day.

“It’s big,” Billing added. “The last three games we’re un­beaten and we’ll try and take the Wolves win into the week­end against Brighton.”

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