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Huddersfield Town U18
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BROMBY WANTS FURTHER IMPROVEMENT FROM U17S ON SATURDAY

14 September 2018

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Young Terriers host Preston North End in Youth Alliance Cup at PPG Canalside

- Huddersfield Town’s Under-17s in action on Saturday
- Young Terriers host Preston North End in the Youth Alliance Cup
- Come and watch the 11am KO at PPG Canalside for free!

On the back of good performances in their last two outings, Academy Manager Leigh Bromby will look for further improvement from Town’s Under-17 side when the players return to action on Saturday morning.

The Young Terriers will host Preston North End in the second game of the Youth Alliance Cup campaign in an 11am kick-off at PPG Canalside.

The game, which takes place as one activity in the Club’s regular pre-match Fanzone at the training ground, is completely free to watch for Town fans, so why not come down before the First Team’s game against Crystal Palace and watch the potential stars of the future in action?

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“We will focus on performance first, as always,” Leigh explained to htafc.com.

“The lads have worked very hard this week and it’ll be interesting to see if they can back up their improvements from the last few weeks in the game on Saturday.

“Preston is a good team, but I’m expecting a good performance from us. I’m looking for improvements from the steps forward we have already made against Burnley and Notts County in the last week.”

Alongside performances, results have taken a recent upturn – but Leigh believes there could be ups and downs in the score-lines as the squad is still learning the basics of team play, having only met for the first time around three months’ ago!

“The fundamentals are getting better through being here, such as defending set pieces, but that isn’t our focus yet. We know we can improve that aspect with them over two or three years. Our focus is still on our key principles; playing on the pitch, reactive pressure, getting our fight zone correct and making good transitions.”

One of the big improvements that Leigh has seen from his young players has come in the work rate, as he explained.

“Our statistics show that the players’ running stats have increased dramatically recently. We’ve outworked the opposition in the last two games and that’s helped to deliver good performances. The players must ensure they are making smart runs and not running for the sake of it – make good runs during transitions and recovery runs when you need to.

“That’s encouraging though. You can see from the First Team how important it is to work hard as a fundamental and I think our Under-17s realise the importance of that teamwork more now. That comes through being here, seeing the videos, seeing the First Team train and in games.”

Another aspect that Leigh has seen improvement in – and that continues to be a big focus in training – is in the attacking third.

Leigh continued: “We’ve worked hard on playing in the opponent’s half, which is difficult. We’ve been working on making sure that, in transitions, the player with the ball doesn’t simply have one option; they have three or four. That’s what I want to see; that the players’ understanding of that has improved again.”

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Match Reports

U17S’ MISTAKES PUNISHED BY PRESTON ON SATURDAY

17 September 2018

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Young Terriers defeated comprehensively – but Bromby not totally unhappy!

- Town’s Under-17s defeated by Preston North End in Youth Alliance Cup
- Despite result, Academy Manager Leigh Bromby not totally unhappy
- Bromby wants to keep confidence high this week

Huddersfield Town’s Under-17 side suffered at the hands of an impressive Preston North End in the Youth Alliance Cup at PPG Canalside on Saturday, but Academy Manager Leigh Bromby wasn’t totally displeased with what he saw.

The Lilywhites punished almost every error made by the Young Terriers on the day and fully deserved their comprehensive victory, with Town’s youngsters caught playing out from the back on a few occasions.

Town’s task against an impressive opponent was not made easier by the absence through injury of defenders Tom Bamford, Mustapha Olagunju and George Alfieri, as well as midfielder Seth Meeson, but Bromby offered no excuses when reviewing the game with htafc.com.

“It sounds ridiculous after a 7-0 defeat, but this is exactly the kind of test that we want for our new young players.

“Credit to Preston and their players; they’re a very good team. They were older than us and posed a great challenge for our players, which proved to be too much for us at this stage in their embryonic development. In the end, it felt like every mistake was punished.

“I will never criticise the players if they stick to our identity and try to do the right things and, although we made lots of mistakes in the game, that was the case.

“From a coach’s perspective, there was more to like about this performance than from the game at Hartlepool earlier this season, for example. To see such a young team, again including two 15-year-old trialists, stick to the plan in the face of this was encouraging.

“We just have to ensure that the players learn quickly from days like this.”

Leigh is understandably keen to look forward, with the Under-17s back in Youth Alliance League action at Bradford City on Saturday.

“Our challenge now is to keep confidence as high as possible, which understandably takes a hit when 16-year-olds concede a defeat like this. They need to take heart from their recent development and performances and not forget the good results against Burnley’s Under-17s and Notts County’s Under-18 side in the two preceding matches.

“We’re in the final week of our latest six-week training period, which has included so much hard work. This week we’ll review what the players have done well and what they need to improve on, both as a team and individually.”

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Another plus has been the inclusion of 16-year-old midfielders Tom Bell and Jaheim Headley on the Under-19 trip to Portugal, as Leigh explained.

“They are two players who have performed well so far, and they deserve this chance. The emphasis changes with Mark Hudson’s group, so they’ll get new experiences; we still concentrate on development, but there is more of a mindset towards getting the results to match performances.”

Town’s team vs Preston North End (4-2-3-1)
Giosue Bellagambi; Sam Sharrock-Peplow, Nassim Kherbouche, Taylor Annakin, Mohammed Diaby; Tom Bell (Andrew Ijiwole, 46’), Josh Austerfield (c); Jaheim Headley (Andre Edionhon, 46’), Myles Bright, Darnell Mintus (Remi Thompson, 56’); Kian Harratt

Final score
Huddersfield Town U17s 0-7 Preston North End

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