Tom Ince revels in career-best moment after bagging Huddersfield winner
The midfielder fired home in the first minute of added time as the Terriers pipped Watford.
Tom Ince described his stoppage-time winner for Huddersfield against Watford on Saturday as the best moment of his career.
Ince fired home Mathias Jorgensen’s cutback in the first minute of added time to snatch the Terriers a crucial 1-0 win in their bid for Premier League survival.
The former Blackpool and Derby winger has struggled to produce his best form for Huddersfield this season, but believes Saturday’s last-gasp strike marked his high point as a player.
“Yes, without a doubt,” Ince said. “I’ve been disappointed with myself this season and I’m my own worst critic I suppose.
“I wanted to produce and do a lot more. But it has been a learning curve for me with a new manager, team-mates and different way of playing.
“The Premier League requires you to work 10 times as hard and things are not going to come as easy to you as in the Championship.
“All I can do is take experiences throughout the whole season, the positives and negatives. It was the biggest positive I’ve had in my career so far.”
David Wagner’s side moved up to 14th in the standings, seven points above the bottom three, with four games to play.
Ince’s goal was only his second in the Premier League this season, but could prove hugely significant.
“That is what the manager said to me,” Ince said. “He said that he knows I’m better than what I have shown this season and I know that myself.
“He said: ‘Listen, you can start the season now after getting that goal and you can do that thing’. Thankfully, for me, it happened.
“You’ve got to gamble and it was similar to the one I scored against Stoke here. If you don’t gamble when balls are in the box and don’t remain positive, you don’t believe that the ball is going to fall to you. It fell to me and I stuck it away.”
Victory at home against Everton in the Terriers’ next match a week on Saturday could be enough for them to defy the odds and stay in the top flight, but Ince sounded a note of caution.
“We had two games with this and Everton in a few weeks and knew that if we could pick up a few points in those, it would be a step in the right direction,” he added.
“It’s a massive three points and I’m chuffed for the lads, the whole club and the town.
“Everyone works so hard at this level to show what we can do. It’s a nice gap, but it’s not done yet.”