‘We have to give the fans some­thing to cheer,’ says Town striker Mounie

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FRONT PAGE - RICHARD SUT­CLIFFE

HUD­DER­S­FIELD TOWN head coach David Wag­ner ad­mit­ted the club’s sea­son had hit a “low point” fol­low­ing de­feat in the base­ment bat­tle with Ful­ham.

A stop­page-time goal from Alek­san­dar Mitro­vic con­demned the Ter­ri­ers to a sev­enth straight de­feat in De­cem­ber.

With Cardiff City and Burn­ley also win­ning at the week­end, Town’s sit­u­a­tion is look­ing bleak.

“Ob­vi­ously it is a low point,” said Wag­ner. “Not only be­cause we have lost seven in a row but how we lost it.”

Town host fel­low strug­glers Burn­ley on Wed­nes­day look­ing for a much needed lift.

Striker Steve Mounie “It is a bit dif­fi­cult for us and it is hard to ac­cept. But in this sea­son there are still some games and we will still fight un­til the end.

“We will try to win games; that is the most im­por­tant thing. We have to just try to win the first game. Then the sec­ond and the third. We have to keep go­ing.

“A win will be very im­por­tant for us, it will give a lot of con­fi­dence to our team and to our fans.

“I feel like our fans need it be- cause we have not given them enough this sea­son.

“I am very dis­ap­pointed be­cause it was a very im­por­tant game to lose, es­pe­cially af­ter the penalty save (by Jonas Lossl from Mitro­vic in the 81st minute). It is hard to ac­cept. The dress­ing room is very sad with the re­sult, but we have the qual­ity to change these re­sults.”

Town winger Ra­jiv Van la Parra is ex­pected to com­plete his loan switch to Mid­dles­brough in the next 24 hours af­ter watch­ing Satur­day’s 2-0 win over Ip­swich Town at the River­side.

SH­EFFIELD WED­NES­DAY care­taker man­ager Lee Bullen has en­joyed a Christ­mas to re­mem­ber de­spite hav­ing a third suc­ces­sive Cham­pi­onship win snatched away.

Wed­nes­day were just sec­onds from mak­ing it nine points from nine un­der Bullen at West Bromwich Al­bion be­fore for­mer Owls mid­fielder Chris Brunt grabbed a stop­page-time equaliser.

Al­bion had been trail­ing to At­dhe Nuhiu’s fifth-minute strike and were re­duced to 10 men in the 63rd minute when striker Jay Ro­driguez was sent off for an al­leged stamp on Marco Matias – a de­ci­sion that Bag­gies’ man­ager Dar­ren Moore plans to ap­peal.

Steve Bruce is ex­pected to be named as Wed­nes­day’s per­ma­nent new man­ager this week, but Bullen – the Owls stal­wart will take charge for the visit of Birm­ing­ham City to­mor­row – has rel­ished his time in charge.

“The job will take care of it­self,” Bullen said. “I know noth­ing more. It’s in the hands of the chair­man. I’ll just plan to­wards Birm­ing­ham (their next game) un­til any­thing changes.

“It’s not a frus­tra­tion for me, I’m liv­ing the dream at the mo­ment. My history and love for the club is well known.

“I don’t see this as frus­trat­ing in any way. I’ve not been told Steve Bruce has the job.

“I read the me­dia like ev­ery­one, but I’ve not been told any­thing.

“I’m just lov­ing it. If the chair­man wants to tell me some­thing, he’ll tell me some­thing. He’s told me to take the team and I’m re­ally en­joy­ing it.”

Bullen felt the re­sult at West Brom was tough on his side af­ter be­ing within touch­ing dis­tance of a third suc­ces­sive win un­der his con­trol

“It was dev­as­tat­ing at the end. You walk in af­ter that and it feels like a de­feat,” Bullen said.

“I am sure that Dar­ren (Moore) feels like it is a vic­tory. But I thought that we had done enough. It is very frus­trat­ing, but the play­ers de­serve a lot of credit.

“The dis­ap­point­ing thing is when they went down to 10 men we didn’t show enough com­po­sure on the ball. We kept hand­ing the ball back to them.

“When I came in I con­cen­trated on get­ting the team more com­pact and tight. It’s worked a treat un­til the goal.”

Moore hopes to get Ro­driguez’s red card over­turned as he faces a three-match ban if it stands.

“Ini­tially when I saw the red card go up I was so sur­prised as Jay is an hon­est, hard-work­ing in­di­vid­ual,” he added.

“When he came off he said, ‘Gaffer, I didn’t touch him’.

“I be­lieve that. It looked a noth­ing in­ci­dent. I would like to ap- peal it as it is a straight red and a three-game ban.”


LATE BLOW: Sh­effield Wed­nes­day goal­keeper Cameron Daw­son holds his head af­ter Chris Brunt pounces for an equaliser for West Bromwich Al­bion in the Cham­pi­onship.

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