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Huddersfield Town U18
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Lincoln City U18

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U17s: MICHAEL STONE SEEING IMPROVEMENTS IN TECHNICAL ABILITY

10 January 2021

Youngster speaks ahead of Tuesday’s game against Lincoln City

- Midfielder Michael Stone speaks to htafc.com
- Young Terrier reaping benefits both on and off the pitch
- Town’s Under-17s face Lincoln City on Tuesday (12 January 2021)

Huddersfield Town Under-17s midfielder Michael Stone is seeing technical improvements thanks to his training sessions both on the pitch and in the gym.

The youngster commented on how much his technical ability has improved since his arrival at the Club.

“I’ve learnt loads about my timing and movements.

“I’ve had a lot of focus on fixing the man, winning the ball back and receiving the ball behind the player, which has really helped me in midfield a lot.

“I’ve also been practicing receiving the ball and can now play forward better which helps me to eliminate my opponents.”

Michael joined Huddersfield Town from Stoke City in August 2020 to link up with the Academy’s Under-17 side.

“I prefer Huddersfield a lot. When I walked through the door and had my first trial, I knew it was a good Club. I really enjoyed that first session.

“I’ve been getting a lot of game time which I didn’t really have towards the end of Stoke.

“I’m also getting a lot more one-to-one training in terms of the individual sessions and I think they’re really benefitting me in terms of splitting up with the units and learning more about my position.

“I’m definitely seeing improvements in the gym and that’s really helped me gain pace and power on the pitch because I’m quite small!”

The midfielder was also quick to highlight the personal improvements he’s seen in his game.

“Technically I have a much better understanding of the game and the timing of my movements.

“The technical sessions have helped me become able to receive the ball in tighter areas and the gym has helped me become stronger.”

Michael and his Under-17 teammates host Lincoln City behind-closed-doors at Canalside on Tuesday 12 January 2021; kick-off 11am.

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Match Reports

U17s DISPLAY FIGHTING MENTALITY AGAINST LINCOLN CITY

12 January 2021

Young Terriers resume development programme with first match of 2021

- Huddersfield Town Under-17s continue development working on the ‘Terriers Identity’
- Conor Falls on target twice for Young Terriers
- New Under-17 Coach George Danaher pleased with the performance and mentality of his players

Huddersfield Town’s Under-17s returned to their development programme with their first match of the New Year, displaying a good fighting mentality despite defeat to Lincoln City.

The Young Terriers have been covering the ‘Terriers Identity’ since resuming training in 2021, and showed their good attitude against a strong opponent with their attacking play and desire to win the ball.

In the first half Lincoln took the lead on two separate occasions, however the Under-17s fought back both times, drawing level with two goals from Striker Conor Falls.

The first was teed up by Michael Stone, who beat his marker on the right-hand side before delivering a pinpoint cross to Falls to tap in.

Falls’ second came after a clinical team press allowed the striker to steal the ball from the City ‘keeper and place it into an empty net.

The visitors may have scored twice in the second half, but on the whole, George Danaher, who was taking charge of his first match since being named the new Lead Coach of the Under-17s, was pleased with the way his side faced up to the challenge.

“I thought the performance was excellent.

“The first game back after Christmas can always be difficult, but I thought the boys represented themselves well, there was some fantastic individual performances, we controlled and dominated the game and created some good opportunities.

“Like any game there’s loads of learning points, Lincoln are a very good, physical side and that was one of the main aims of the game - to match them or better them in that aspect - and I feel we did that.”

Danaher’s main positives were the timings and movements of the players in attack, as well as their hunger to hunt down the ball and make life difficult for their opponents.

“Attacking wise, in possession we had some great moments, the timings and the movements some of the players were making were great, especially for the goals.

“Another main positive was the mentality to win the ball, winning our duels. Lincoln being physical made this tough, but even with the mix of tall players, small players that we’ve got it’s about the mentality to want to take the ball off the opponent. For example Michael Stone, who’s one of the smaller players, was fantastic in the duels against bigger players and that’s excellent.

“What’s great about our programme is that we’re playing against boys older than our lads, so the mentality and physical side of the game is a real challenge, and they pulled through that really well today.”

One area he feels the group can learn from the match is their concentration, something Danaher and the coaching staff will continue to reinforce moving forwards.

“As the game goes on concentration is key, so it was a bit of a chess match in terms of who was going to lose theirs first. We work on that a lot in training, and as coaches we’re constantly reinforcing that, so moving on that’s something we could have been a little better on and it’s something we’ll review.”

Next up for the youngsters is the Youth Alliance Cup Quarter-Final on Saturday (16 January 2021). The Young Terriers host Walsall at Canalside and Danaher is relishing the opportunity to continue working on the ‘Terriers Identity’ and mentality side of the game with the group.

“We’re looking forward to Saturday, it’s a cup game so again we’ll focus on the mentality to go out there and win matches, so it’ll be an exciting one.”

Town’s Under-17 team (4-3-3)

Michael Roxburgh; Jeremy Stewart (Robson Shipley, 84’), David Adewoju, Josh Okpolokpo, Michael Stone; Ernaldo Krasniqi, Sonny Whittingham, Brodie Spencer (Darnel Baxter-Alleyne, 41’); Donay O’Brien-Brady, Conor Falls, Evander Grubb (Andre Edionhon, 84’)

Scorer

Conor Falls 23’, 36’

Final score

Huddersfield Town Under-17s 2-4 Lincoln City

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