23 Feb Defender Jorgensen piles pressure on strugglers West Brom
Huddersfield defender Mathias Jorgensen has cranked up the pressure on troubled West Brom before Saturday’s visit to the Hawthorns.
The Terriers are looking to gather momentum after their recent win against Bournemouth, while a fifth straight defeat in all competitions for the Baggies would cut them further adrift at the foot of the table.
“If you start thinking hypothetically then they would be 10 points from getting to the other side of the line and that’s difficult to get back from,” said Jorgensen.
Huddersfield’s top-flight status is also precarious. They sit fourth from bottom with 11 games to play, one point above the relegation zone and seven better off than West Brom.
But Jorgensen insists the Terriers’ relegation rivals will be under much more pressure during the run-in.
“I don’t think we have any pressure,” he said. “We’re from an area, a town where people are very humble and honest about both the situation of their lives and the situation of the club.
“I don’t think anybody is expecting us to stay up, but we’re all hoping we’ll stay up and that relieves any pressure on us to go out there and do our best.
“Every Huddersfield Town supporter will say that as long as we do our best and work hard, that’s good enough for them.
“There’s definitely pressure on you to go out and perform and try your best, but as long as you do people don’t ask for more and that’s something that’s very refreshing in the world of football.”
West Brom boss Alan Pardew has no such luxury as his club bids to end a forgettable month on a high.
Baggies’ Chinese owner Lai Guochuan recently sacked chairman John Williams and chief executive Martin Goodman and the club hit the headlines for the wrong reasons again last week when senior players broke a club curfew on a training camp in Barcelona.
Jonny Evans, Gareth Barry, Jake Livermore and Boaz Myhill were alleged to have stolen a taxi during high jinx outside a restaurant but Jorgensen chose to see the funny side.
“It’s something you laugh about I think,” the Dane said. “You basically know that no matter what happens they’re going to come out and fight for the points they desperately need and we’re going to fight for the points we desperately need.
“So I don’t feel their off-field issues are going to have any impact on the field.
“We’re Huddersfield Town and I think when any opposition team plays against us they think we’re a team they should beat.
“I don’t think we have the luxury of thinking about other teams and that’s not our mentality.
“We go out there looking only at ourselves and our game and how we can do things, not what team or what position or situation they’re in.”