OLLIE NORWOOD knows there is only one league table that really matters and has urged fans to keep backing Huddersfield Town in their bid to escape the Championship drop zone.
“It’s all about where we stand after the final game (at home to Barnsley on May 4), said the Northern Ireland midfielder in the wake of the 1-0 loss at Bolton which left his side third-bottom.
“Of course we all study the table and look at the fixtures which are coming up for all the sides who are in the mix, and there are a lot of them.
“But there are only six matches we can have an influence on, and if we do the job in those, we know we’ll be okay.
“It’s a cliche, but it’s true – we have six games left and because of who they are against, they are all pretty much six-pointers.
“It all starts at home to Peterborough on Saturday, a game we know we must win, and while we’re all hurting, we’ll be ready to go again.”
As well as second-bottom Posh, Town also face Wolves (18th), Blackburn (19th), Millwall (15th) and Bristol City (24th and bottom) as well as 20th-placed Barnsley.
Norwood says Town have to find a winning formula, and their touch in front of goal, on a tricky John Smith’s Stadium pitch, where they have lost their last two matches (to Charlton, then Hull).
But on the other side of the coin, he knows home support could be a crucial factor against Darren Ferguson’s Posh, who held Middlesbrough goalless on Teesside on Tuesday.
“It’s difficult to play the way we did at Bolton on our pitch, because it’s hard to get the ball down and pass it, but we can’t use that as an excuse,” he added.
“We have to find a way of getting the three points, and having the supporters behind us certainly helps.
“They were fantastic over at Bolton and I’d like to put on record just how good they have been all season, because they’ve really stayed with us.
“We probably deserve more stick than we’ve had for getting ourselves in the situation we are in, and we all want to get out of trouble to reward the supporters for their backing.
“It’s still in our hands, but we know we can’t keep saying that. We have to start coming up with some wins.
“We created a lot of chances against Bolton, and it’s vital we start taking some of them, because we clearly haven’t been scoring often enough.
“Every game is crucial, and if we play like we did against Bolton, we will have too much for the teams around us.”