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25 November 2020 Venue Canalside Attendance

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Huddersfield Town
3 - 0
Sheffield Wednesday
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BEN JACKSON ENJOYING BEING A LEADER ON THE PITCH

23 November 2020

Midfielder on captaining Huddersfield Town’s Under-19s

- Ben Jackson discusses wearing the Captain’s armband
- Young Terrier enjoying his development with Town’s Academy
- Under-19s host Sheffield Wednesday on Wednesday afternoon

Huddersfield Town B Team midfielder Ben Jackson has enjoyed stepping into a leadership role by captaining the Under-19 side recently.

The Young Terrier captained the Under-19s in their 3-1 victory over Salford City, and managed to bag an assist in the process!

Jackson discussed how much he’s enjoyed getting the opportunity to be a leader.

“As one of the older players in the Under-19s and the B Team games you have to be louder and more vocal.

“Some of the younger lads are definitely quieter – I know that I was like that when I was their age – so it’s really important that I can do that job well and that I can help them out.

“I’m not negative on any mistakes, I just encourage them to keep going and I’ve really enjoyed it.

“There’s a lot of talent on the pitch, when I was that age there’s no way I had that amount of talent!

“The technical ability that some of them have got, the physical ability, it just shows a lot of good players coming through and I think it’s quite exciting.”

The youngster was originally a left-back but made the switch to central midfielder just before he made his First Team debut against Rochdale in September 2020. He highlighted to htafc.com how proud he was to make his debut.

“It was quite surreal. Initially at the start of the season I wasn’t in and around the First Team, and then when I did start training with them, I was told I’d learning a new position.

“My first pre-season game against Bradford was the first time I’d ever played in centre midfield, so for me to be given the opportunity to play in the first competitive game of the season against Rochdale was a massive boost for my confidence.

“It’s meant that I feel so much better as a player now, I’m ready to embrace it all.”

The youngster was also quick to comment on how training with the First Team as part of the B Team setup has benefitted his development.

“I think the fact that we’re working with the First Team more means that we have to hit the levels every day.

“Sometimes when you’re in and out of training with them you can dip a bit, but being consistently with them you get a taste of it and you want more, so your intensity is always at a higher level, you want to be better than the other players there and get a spot in the team.

“Since changing into a midfield role, my main focus has been receiving the ball in a 360 degree rather than a 180.

“I’ve also been focusing on being more aggressive and making an impact up and down the pitch, so getting goals and assists and helping to set up goals.”

Jackson also took the time to review how far he’s come in the last year.

“I think I’m more sensible on the pitch, more mature.

“I’m better at decision making and starting to become more of a man on the pitch, a bit more aggressive and a bit more vocal.

“I’m getting used to playing men’s football rather than youth football because that’s the next step for me.”

Ben and his U19 teammates will be back in action on Wednesday afternoon, when they host Sheffield Wednesday, you can follow live tweets on Town’s Academy Twitter; @htafcacademy.

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Match Reports

REPORT: TOWN B 3-0 SHEFF WED

25 November 2020

Three goals gave Young Terriers a home win

- Town B were victorious against Sheffield Wednesday at Canalside
- More minutes for Álex Vallejo
- Goals from Kieran Phillips, Will McCamley and Kit Elliott

Huddersfield Town B recorded a 3-0 victory over Sheffield Wednesday at Canalside on Wednesday afternoon.

There were more minutes for Álex Vallejo, and a first appearance for Kit Elliott since he returned from loan at Cork City.

Second half goals from Kieran Phillips, Will McCamley and Elliott secured the win for the hosts.

The early stages of the game were closely fought in terms of possession. Wednesday had the first chance of the game, as their right winger cut inside well before firing his edge of the box shot into the gloves of Joel Pereira.

The Terriers reacted quickly, with Phillips chasing down a ball from Rarmani Edmonds-Green, however, it was collected by the visitors’ ‘keeper.

Town came close again ten minutes thanks to Vallejo. A cross to the back post met the Spaniard who smashed his volley into the ground and straight into the 'keeper’s arms.

The Young Terriers found their second big chance of the game in the 27th minute. Following some impressive interplay between Jaden Brown and Brahima Diarra to play Sam Sharrock-Peplow in on goal, the young forward met the ball on the left side of the box, but sent his driven shot across the face of the goal.

Town reacted quickly once again with another good chance to take the lead. The ball settled nicely for Phillips on the edge of the box who sent his half volley agonisingly wide of the left post.

The Young Terriers came into the second half eager to break the deadlock, with Danny Schofield completing a pre-planned change; centre backs Edmonds-Green and Demeaco Duhaney being replaced by 17-year-old duo Luke Daley and Loick Ayina.

On the hour mark, Town took the lead. Jaden Brown drove down the left wing before crossing to Phillips at the near post who slotted home coolly.

The introduction of several Under-19 players immediately after this goal led to complete domination for the Young Terriers, who deservedly put the game to bed.

Town came close to doubling their lead three minutes later as Sharrock-Peplow nodded a Ben Jackson corner onto the crossbar from inside the box.

Undeterred, the Young Terriers doubled their lead minutes later, as Will McCamley found the back of the net in the 67th minute. An electric forward run by Sharrock-Peplow instigated the chance before he squared to McCamley in front of goal.

17-year-old midfielder Diarra, who put in an impressive performance throughout, switched to right-back in the second half and found even more energy to open up the Wednesday defence on multiple occasions.

Diarra was key in the Young Terriers’ final goal of the game. In the 89th minute he dribbled through the entirety of Wednesday’s defence before finding Elliott in the box to slide it home.

Huddersfield Town B (4-3-3)

Joel Perreira; Jaden Brown (Etienne Camara, 62'), Demeaco Duhaney (Luke Daley, 46'), Rarmani Edmonds-Green (Loick Ayina, 46'), Aaron Rowe (Will McCamley, 62'); Álex Vallejo, Ben Jackson, Brahima Diarra; Sam Sharrock-Peplow, Kieran Phillips (Myles Bright, 62'),  Matty Daly (Kit Elliott, 62')

Unused sub

Jacob Chapman

Final score

Huddersfield Town B 3-0 Sheffield Wednesday

Scorers

Kieran Phillips (60'), Will McCamley (67'), Kit Elliott (89')

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