LOANEE Jamie Paterson is hoping the FA Cup brings him more joy in Huddersfield Town colours today.
One of the striker’s career highlights was scoring a hat-trick for Nottingham Forest in their 5-0 third round victory over West Ham two years ago.
He has netted just twice in 15 games since joining the Terriers on loan from Forest in September but is looking forward to potentially improving that record against Reading this afternoon.
“It was one of my first starts for Forest and the first of that hat-trick against West Ham was actually my first goal for them so it kick-started my Forest career at the time,” recalled the player, who moved to Nottingham from Walsall in the summer of 2013,
“I went on to score a few more after that and it was a turning point in my career.
“I went from this unknown type of player to a known one and it was one of my most memorable matches.
“I’d love to score another hat-trick in any game but in the FA Cup on Saturday would be great.
“Everyone loves the FA Cup. You watch the games as a kid and scoring goals in the competition always feels sweeter with it being a knockout match.
“Hopefully, we’ll get through to the next round and get a good tie.”
Paterson’s last goal for Town was in the 2-2 draw at Championship rivals Reading on November 3 which arguably bodes well for this afternoon.
However, the 24-year-old added: “Funnily enough, I’ve played three times against Reading – and come off after 45 minutes every time!
“One was for a bad performance and the other two with injuries so they’ve been a strange team to play against for me.
“I’ve either done really well or really bad but, hopefully, I’ll get another goal on Saturday.”
In-form Huddersfield have steadied their season with a fine festive period and have now lost just once in their last five games.
Paterson says David Wagner, the German who took over as head coach in November, has been brilliant for their cause in guiding them away from the relegation zone with his high-tempo, attractive style.
“I’m loving the way he likes to play football,” he said.
“It’s perfect for me and a few other lads here.
“I’ve always waited for managers to play this type of football – it suits me down to the ground – and teams have been struggling against us the way we’re playing.
“Hopefully, that will continue against Reading and we progress.”