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Huddersfield Town
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Bradford City

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ILOUNGA PATA ON IMPORTANCE OF MENTAL TOUGHNESS

2 March 2021

Right-back discusses his season so far

- Ilounga Pata pleased with his resilience
- Young Terrier seeing improvements in training with Town’s Academy
- B Team host Bradford City on Wednesday (3 March 2021)

Huddersfield Town B Team right-back Ilounga Pata admits he’s learnt the importance of mental toughness this season.

The right-back had a 10-week injury layoff due to tearing his ACL and spoke to htafc.com about how that setback affected his current campaign run.

“I think it’s been a season with ups and downs.

“I started off really well, I came back fit from lockdown, preseason went really well – I played a lot of games.

“I felt fit and confident and then I got injured. I tore my ACL and was out for 10 weeks.

“That was very disappointing because I felt like I was on a good wave, training with the First Team and playing a lot of games, so I felt annoyed that I had this little setback.

“I tried to keep my head up and my rehab went really well.

“Since coming back I haven’t really felt anything with my knee anymore, which is good, and I’ve been back to playing a lot of games.

“I think that training has been good as well. I’ve developed a lot working with the coaches.

“I’ve been working on playing out from the back and beating players with a good first touch so that we can play the ball forward.

“I’ve also been working on my relationships with the wingers and different types of crosses.”

Pata featured in the B Team’s latest game, a 3-1 over FC Halifax Town, alongside Tommy Elphick. He discussed how the opportunity to play with the First Team players helps aid his and his teammates development.

“I think it’s good for us younger players because when you train or play with the First Team players and the older players you see that their standards are really high, so you then try to be at that level.

“I think it’s good because you see little things that they do during the game and I learn from that, especially when you’re playing next to a player like Tommy Elphick.

“I tried to help him as well, he’s been out for a long time with injury, so I tried to help him with good communication and being positive with him.

“I think he did really well for someone who’s been out for so long, I have a lot of respect for him.

“During his injury I think he had some setbacks as well and then coming back after so long is really good.

The right-back went on to comment on his development over the last 12 months.

“I think I’ve become more consistent and mentally I’ve become really strong.

“Sometimes when you really want to train in the First Team, but you’re not really close to that or you’re still training with the younger players, you still have to keep going and not just give up.

“Then, eventually when you’ve still been working hard in training and you perform well in games, your chances will come.

“I think mentally I’ve become really strong at creating that mindset to just keep going no matter what.”

The youngster also discussed what he hopes to achieve from the remainder of the season.

“My main aim is to earn myself a new deal with the Club because my contract is ending in the summer.

“I want to make sure that I’m ready to go on preseason with the First Team or get a good loan move in the summer.

“I also just want to keep playing every game and win as many games as possible.”

Ilounga and his B Team teammates are back in action on Wednesday afternoon, when they host Bradford City. You can follow live match updates on Town’s official Academy Twitter; @htafcacademy.

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Match Reports

REPORT: TOWN B 3-0 BRADFORD CITY

3 March 2021

Young Terriers win comfortably at Canalside

- Town B were victorious against Bradford City
- More minutes for First Team’s Tommy Elphick
- Goals from Tommy Elphick and Matty Daly

Tommy Elphick got on the scoresheet as Huddersfield Town’s B Team produced a dominant performance to beat Bradford City 3-0 at Canalside on Wednesday afternoon.

Elphick started his second game for the B Team since returning from a long-term knee injury, having featured in Town’s 3-1 win against Halifax Town last Friday.

Elphick headed in Sorba Thomas’ corner in the first half to open the scoring. Thomas was again the provider, setting up Matty Daly to double Town’s advantage, before an own goal in the second half consolidated Town’s lead.

Chances were few and far between inside the opening exchanges as both sides enjoyed spells of possession. Town’s first real opening of the match came through Thomas - a late change coming into the starting XI for winger Pat Jones prior to kick-off. Thomas drove at the Bradford defence, beating his man, and releasing low shot towards the bottom left corner, but his effort was saved comfortably by the goalkeeper.

The visitors responded with a chance of their own when a turnover in possession left them through on goal, but the resulting shot was wide of the mark.

Town began to dominate proceedings midway through the first half and some neat interplay between Brahima Diarra, deployed at right-back, and Sam Peplow on the right-wing saw the former slip in Micah Obiero. The through ball alluded him, however, and the chance was lost.

Town made two planned changes half an hour into the match; with Romoney Crichlow (another late change prior to kick-off) and Jaden Brown getting some minutes in the tank before being substituted for Ben Jackson and Jaheim Headley.

Town were rewarded for their persistence ten minutes before the interval when Elphick rose highest to convert Thomas’ in-swinging corner; heading back across goal to give Town a deserved lead.

Thomas was heavily involved again as the hosts doubled their advantage five minutes later. Peplow fed Thomas in the left channel who advanced into the box and cut the ball back to the arriving Daly who finished instinctively into the bottom right corner of the net.

Moments later, Peplow, who was a constant threat from the right-hand-side throughout the first half, cut inside onto his left foot and curled across goal towards the bottom corner, but his effort was saved well by the goalkeeper and beaten away to safety.

Worthington made a further four changes to his side at half-time; with Jayson Leutwiler replacing Joel Pereira in goal and Daly, Thomas and Josh Austerfield making way for Ilounga Pata, Kit Elliott and Pat Jones.

Town cemented their authority on the scoreline shortly after the restart adding their third of the afternoon. Second-half substitute Jones released Headley down the left who crossed early towards the awaiting Elliott in the centre of the box, but the cross was diverted in at the near post by a sliding Bradford defender.

Huddersfield Town B Team (4-3-3)

Joel Pereira (Jayson Leutwiler, 46’); Brahima Diarra (Will McCamley, 77’),Tommy Elphick (Luke Daley, 61’), Romoney Crichlow (Ben Jackson, 32’), Jaden Brown (Jaheim Headley, 32’), Josh Austerfield (Kit Elliott, 46’), Etienne Camara (Loick Ayina, 61’), Matty Daly (Ilounga Pata, 46’); Sam Peplow, Micah Obiero, Sorba Thomas (Pat Jones, 46’)

Unused Sub

Nassim Kherbouce

Scorers

Tommy Elphick (34’), Matty Daly (39’), OG (54’)

Town Bookings

Josh Austerfield (22’), Joel Pereira (24’)

Final Score

Town B 3-0 Bradford City

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