KEVIN KILBANE says he couldn’t be happier with life at Huddersfield.
Town are unbeaten in the five games he’s played since arriving on loan from Hull as a replacement for injury-hit Damien Johnson.
And Saturday’s success at Walsall, where the 33-year-old Republic of Ireland ace scored his first goal for the club, means Lee Clark’s side have won four on the spin in all competitions.
They’ll attempt to make that five in tomorrow’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Northern final first leg at Carlisle, where Kilbane made his debut in the 2-2 draw on New Year’s Day.
And the midfield general said: “I’m really pleased with the way things are going, because I came here to play games and be successful, and so far it’s working out that way.
“We can certainly play better than we have been doing – I see day-to-day on the training ground that there is a lot more to come from this squad.
“It almost seems like we have to have a setback before we start to play, and the issue of slow starts is something we have to address.
“But there is a lot of character and spirit in this squad, and sometimes you have to grind out wins like this one, and we’ve managed to do that.
“I thought we started both halves poorly at Walsall, but each time we managed to get back into the game.”
Kilbane’s goal came in the 19th minute, cancelling out Alex Nicholls’ 14th-minute opener for the home side.
“I was really happy to be able to help to get us back into the game, but in reality, there are plenty of players here who can score goals,” added the former Preston, West Brom, Sunderland, Everton and Wigan player..
“It’s a good squad, and while I feel fit and strong and believe I have a little bit to offer, I also know I have to fight for my place each week.
“When I first talked to Lee Clark about coming here, his desire to get the deal done quickly meant a lot to me.
“I knew the games were coming thick and fast, and I knew about the expectation levels at Huddersfield, but that attracted me.
“I want to be playing games and to be in a situation where there is pressure to perform, and among the management and squad there is a huge desire to be successful.
“We’re winning games and we’re up to second in the table, but we know there is a huge amount of hard work ahead, starting with a very tough match up at Carlisle, and we’re ready.”