Ralls: It was important to get a reaction
"We had a few meetings, and it was important to get a reaction back at home. The performance was ten times better than it was on Sunday. The boys were on it, and we got the win that we deserved."
The Bluebirds made it two consecutive home victories on Wednesday evening, with Junior Hoilett netting a late winner against Huddersfield Town.
The opener was scored by Joe Ralls, who gave another superb showing in the centre of the park. The midfielder notched his second goal of the campaign, having also scored against Wigan on the opening day.
Joe spoke to the press and media following the match, expressing his delight at securing another victory and getting on the scoresheet…
“We deserved the points,” he began. “We had a few chances in the first half, and made it a bit difficult for ourselves, but we deserved to win. When we’re on top we need to be a bit more ruthless, but I always felt confident that we’d get chances.
“Junior came on and made a good impact against Luton as well, and he did it again today. I’m happy for him to get off the mark with a goal as well. Scoring late goals is a good habit to get into, we did it a lot when we got promoted before.
“It’s nice to score, and with my right foot too – that doesn’t happen very often! It’s something I want to add to my game this year. I’m happy to get a couple of goals so far, and hopefully I can get a few more.”
Following a disappointing defeat at Reading, Ralls stressed the importance of bouncing back and responding well on home turf against the Terriers.
“It was a bad performance on Sunday, and we needed to address it. We had a few meetings, and it was important to get a reaction back at home. The performance was ten times better than it was on Sunday. The boys were on it, and we got the win that we deserved.
“We need to make sure performances like that don’t happen again. We’ve gone the right way about it, addressing it in the training ground. Luckily in the Championship, you don’t have to wait too long for the next game to come around, so it was good to get back out there and make up for it.”
Joe turned his attention to our next fixture, against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday, hoping to get some more points on the board at Ewood Park.
“It’s tough game up at Blackburn, but we’ll feel a lot better after tonight. We’re going up there with a lot more confidence, and hopefully we can get a result.”
He concluded: “We need to improve on the road, because we’ve had two disappointing performances so far. Hopefully we can change that, go up there and give a better account of ourselves.”
Article: Connor Pearce