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Huddersfield Town
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Blackpool FC

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NICHOLAS BILOKAPIC PLEASED WITH SEASON’S ACHIEVEMENTS

13 April 2021

Goalkeeper speaks about last 12 months

- Nicholas Bilokapic discusses his first full season at Town
- Goalkeeper enjoying his development with Town’s Academy
- Young Terriers are back in action on Wednesday 14 April 2021

Huddersfield Town Under-19 goalkeeper Nicholas Bilokapic is pleased with what he’s achieved in his first full season with the Young Terriers.

Bilokapic joined Town’s Academy in February 2020 on a two-year scholarship and admitted that the current campaign has had its ups and downs.

“This season has been kind of tricky for me as it’s my first season away from home and my first time as a professional footballer.

“I found it difficult over the Christmas period when it was snowing and it was cold outside and I just didn’t want to get out of bed and come into training every day and give the same energy every day.

“So I did find it difficult at times, but this season’s been a wake-up call for me as well, being away from my family has given me that mental strength and made me grow up a lot earlier than I would have expected to.

“I feel like I’m becoming a man now and it’s all slowly falling into place.”

The 18-year-old was quick to comment on his development over the last 12 months.

“I think I’ve improved a lot and in a very positive way.

“I’ve focused on a lot of key aspects of my game.

“Back home we didn’t really get the sort of training that we get here, we were only in three nights a week after school and so coming into this environment and being here full time was a big change.

“Paul Clements and Neil Bennett have really helped me work on all my little minor adjustments, that's been really beneficial.

“I’m a tall ‘keeper and they’ve worked hard with me to get rid of my bad habits. I used to start really low in the goal and so at the start of the season I was being beaten in the upper part of the goal, so they forced me to change that and make my game better.

“Like I said before, I went through a rough patch about being away from home, but I think now that I’m getting past that my game’s excelling at high speeds.”

The youngster went on to discuss the benefit of competing with Jacob Chapman, Giosue Bellagambi and Michael Roxburgh for that the Academy’s number one spot.

“I think it’s class having that competition there.

“Coming in every day and training with the likes of Michael Roxburgh, Giosue Bellagambi and Jacob Chapman, we’re all pushing for that number three/four spot with the First Team.

“It brings a good nature to the training session because without that competitive drive I don’t think it’d push us all enough, so being able to train with good goalkeepers week in week out and day in day out is really good.”

The keeper also took the time to reflect on what he wants to achieve next.

“I want to keep competing with the young ‘keepers to push for that number three/four spot and constantly train with the First Team.

“I also want to keep kicking on the door for the Australian team and the Croatian team hopefully, so we’ll see how that goes!”

The Young Terriers are back in action on Wednesday afternoon, when they host Blackpool at Canalside. You can follow live match updates on Town’s official Academy Twitter; @htafcacademy.

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Match Reports

REPORT: TOWN B 1-2 BLACKPOOL FC

14 April 2021

Young Terriers narrowly defeated at home

- Town B narrowly beaten by Blackpool FC
- First minutes back from injury for First Team’s Josh Koroma
- Matty Daly scored for the Young Terriers

Josh Koroma returned to footballing action as Huddersfield Town’s B Team were narrowly beaten 2-1 by Blackpool FC at Canalside on Wednesday afternoon.

The winger played a planned 30 minutes as he regained some match fitness after injury has kept him out of action since November 2020.

Blackpool, however, started on the front foot, with Brad Holmes netting an early brace before Matty Daly halved their advantage.

Town improved in the second period but were unable to find the final touch they needed as they fell to a defeat.

A Blackpool side containing several First Team players started the brighter of the two on a balmy afternoon in West Yorkshire.

The away side opened the chances, with Rob Apter forcing a smart save out of Giosue Bellagambi down to his left.

Bellagambi was pressed into action once again moments later, standing firm to block a powerful effort from Nathan Shaw.

A quarter into the fixture, Blackpool continued to enjoy the better of the chances, as Ethan Robson slipped Holmes through on goal, however, the forward dragged his shot wide of the far post.

The Seasiders’ pressure soon paid off as on 16 minutes, they took the lead. Apter made his way infield from the left and aimed for the bottom right, from which Bellagambi made a great parried stop to his left. But Holmes followed up and converted the rebound.

Koroma went close on 18 minutes, seeing a fine half-volley deflect wide off the leg of Jordan Thorniley.

Blackpool doubled their lead on 22 minutes, with Holmes netting a sumptuous second as he cut in from the left and found the bottom corner from just inside the area.

Town halved the deficit just after the half-hour mark. Alex Pritchard picked up the ball on the left and slipped Daly through on goal, where the forward rifled the ball past Stuart Moore.

Former Huddersfield Town loanee James Husband almost created a third for the visitors just before the break. But his drilled cross was plucked out of the air by Bellagambi, to stop Holmes from capitalising.

On the hour mark, Daly went close to scoring a brace, as he side-stepped his marker on the edge, but saw his drilled shot held well by Moore.

Town kept pushing for the equaliser and, with 15 minutes remaining, Ben Jackson almost found it. A dangerous cross from the left was misjudged by the goalkeeper, falling to the feet of Jackson. However, Moore recovered to make the block from a powerful effort.

Moments later, Brahima Diarra had two successive opportunities to level proceedings.

Firstly, the midfielder linked up well with Kit Elliott to send a stinging effort towards the upright, but Moore pushed it wide. Diarra then looped a header over from the following corner.

Town should have been level with five minutes remaining. A dangerous low-driven cross from Brodie Spencer was glanced towards goal by Kieran Phillips but was saved by Moore. The ball fell to Daly a mere five yards from goal, however, the ‘keeper managed to throw himself in front of the chance and deflect the ball over the bar.

Despite the loss there were many positives to take from the fixture, as Phillips completed his first 90 minutes since his return from injury, and Koroma getting some valuable game time from the start.

Huddersfield Town B Team lineup (4-3-3)

Giosue Bellagambi; Jaden Brown (Luke Daley, 46’), Romoney Crichlow (Brodie Spencer, 46’), Tommy Elphick (Loick Ayina, 46’) Ben Jackson; Matty Daly, Josh Austerfield (c) (Etienne Camara, 70’), Alex Pritchard (Myles Bright, 36’); Josh Koroma (Brahima Diarra, 31’), Kieran Phillips, Micah Obiero (Kit Elliott, 46’)

Unused Subs

Nicholas Bilokapic

Scorers

Matty Daly (31’)

Final Score

Huddersfield Town B Team 1-2 Blackpool FC

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