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17 February 2021 Venue Canalside Attendance

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Huddersfield Town
4 - 2
Sheffield United

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SAM PEPLOW ENJOYING PLAYING IN NEW POSITION

16 February 2021

Winger on switching from left to right

- Sam Peplow discusses finding new confidence as a right winger
- Young Terrier enjoying his continued development with Town’s Academy
- Under-19s host Sheffield United on Wednesday afternoon

Huddersfield Town Under-19s winger Sam Peplow has seen significant improvements both in his game and in his confidence since switching positions.

The 18-year-old originally signed for Town as left-back but his athleticism soon saw him deployed as a left winger. However, this season has seen him switch to the right-wing, where he admits he’s become more comfortable.

“The start of the season started off a bit slow for me.

“I don’t think my performances were as good as I’m capable of and then I had an injury.

“Since being back, I feel like I’m making more of an impact in the games and in training. I feel a lot sharper and like I’m capable of doing more than I was at the start of the season.

“I’ve switched to the right-wing and I’m enjoying it, I actually create more chances for myself playing on the right.

“Ever since I made that switch, I’ve felt more confident playing. It’s miles better now because whenever I’m playing left-wing people just know straight away what I’m going to do, I’m not really good with my right foot!”

When speaking to htafc.com Peplow was quick to comment on how he’s found adjusting to Town’s new style of play.

“At the start it was very strange.

“We’ve gone through a lot of phases where there’s been different styles of play and this one, it’s hard work if I’m honest.

“it’s very hard work and it’s only going to get harder once you get to the First Team, but as a 19s group we press well anyway, so when we’re doing the high press and stuff like that we’ve all got it on lock and we all know what we’re doing.

“Now it’s about maintaining that.”

The winger went on to comment on his development over the last 12 months.

“I think I’ve improved a lot.

“One of the main things that I used to get pulled up on was for my reactions and not reacting quickly enough and so I’ve really been working on that.

“When I first arrived here it was a transition. Some of the games we were losing the ball when our opposition were attacking, and my reactions weren’t good.

“That’s one of the things that I feel like personally I’ve got so much better at and so now I need to make sure I keep working on it and keep making sure I’m making those improvements.

“That’s something that I have to do if I want to be up there with the First Team.”

The youngster also took the time to discuss his aims for the remainder of the season.

“I’d like to experience going out on loan and seeing what another different style of play is like, plus hopefully getting the chance to experience men’s football.

“If that doesn’t work out then I’ll continue to make sure I carry on kicking on with the Under-19s and the B Team, whichever game it is, just making sure I do my best and help the team out when I can.

“I know that sometimes I can make a big impact on the game, whether it’s starting the game or coming off the bench, and it’s just maintaining that high standard that I put on myself all the time.”

Sam and his Under-19 teammates are back in action on Wednesday afternoon, when they host Sheffield United at Canalside. You can follow live match updates on Town’s official Academy Twitter; @htafcacademy.

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Match Reports

REPORT: TOWN B 4-2 SHEFFIELD UNITED

17 February 2021

Four goals gave Young Terriers a home win

- Town B were victorious against Sheffield United at Canalside
- First starts back from injury for some First Team players
- Goals from Matty Daly, Kit Elliott (2) and Sorba Thomas

Huddersfield Town’s B Team came from behind on two occasions to comfortably beat Sheffield United 4-2 at Canalside.

Angelo Cappello and Kacper Lopata scored either side of a Matty Daly penalty to give the Blades the lead at half-time.

However, Town took the game by the scruff of the neck, with Kit Elliott netting twice and Sorba Thomas drilling home to cap off a great afternoon for the Young Terriers.

It was an encouraging start for Jon Worthington’s side, who retained possession well and looked threatening on the flanks in the opening minutes.

Town had the game’s opening opportunity, with Romoney Crichlow rising highest to head over Thomas’ corner in the fourth minute.

Moments later, Pat Jones drew a smart save from the ‘keeper, cutting in from the left before striking a low drive which was held.

Despite Town’s dominant start to the contest, it was the Blades who took the lead in the 10th minute through Cappello, who stabbed home at the back post.

The Young Terriers didn’t dwell on going behind, however, as they equalised five minutes later from the penalty spot.

Daly robbed possession off United on halfway and began to counter at pace. He then slipped Jones through on goal, where the winger was thwarted by the goalkeeper, and a penalty was awarded. Daly took the resulting spot-kick, burying his effort beyond the dive of the ‘keeper.

Micah Obiero then had the ball in the back of the net on 23 minutes, however, his effort was ruled out for a soft foul in the build-up.

On the half-hour mark, an interchange of quick, one-touch passes between Scott High, Daly and Thomas presented the latter with the opportunity to pick out the run of Obiero. Thomas’ ball had too much venom on the delivery, and unfortunately the chance was wasted.

The Blades retook the lead on 38 minutes through Lopata, who towered above his marker to head home from the corner.

Town began the second period the better, scoring two goals in two minutes to lead, with Thomas playing a pivotal role in both goals.

Firstly, Thomas showed sublime skill on the right-hand side to beat his man and break into the area. The winger then cut the ball back to Elliott, who slammed his shot into the far corner.

Then, on 55 minutes, Thomas was slipped down the right, where he carried the ball forward before drilling an attempt across goal and in off the far post.

Town were awarded another penalty on the hour when Crichlow’s heels were clipped as he looked to convert Daly’s set-piece. Daly stepped up once again, however, this time he saw his effort cannon off the post and wide.

The hosts began to pull away after their third, bossing the possession stats before counting at pace through Jaden Brown and Thomas.

Elliott netted his second of the game on 72 minutes, as he benefited from Sam Peplow’s post-struck effort, which fell to the forward’s feet, allowing him to tap home Town’s fourth of the afternoon.

Brown, who had been threatening all game, almost got in on the scoring, playing a give-and-go with Jaheim Headley, but the ‘keeper managed to get to the ball ahead of the full-back.

Town saw out the remaining minutes professionally to end a fantastic display.

Huddersfield Town B Team (4-3-3)

Joel Pereira; Demeaco Duhaney (Rarmani Edmonds-Green, 46), Romoney Crichlow, Richard Stearman (Nassim Kherbouche, 35’ (Luke Daley, 46’)), Jaden Brown (Ilounga Pata, 83’); Josh Austerfield (Kit Elliott, 43’), Scott High (C) (Jaheim Headley, 62’), Matty Daly; Pat Jones (Sam Peplow, 46’), Micah Obiero, Sorba Thomas

Unused Subs

Jacob Chapman, Will McCamley

Scorers

Matty Daly (pen, 15’), Kit Elliott (53’, 72’), Sorba Thomas (55’)

Final score

Huddersfield Town B Team 4-2 Sheffield United

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