Simon pleased as groundwork continue
Huddersfield Town Manager Simon Grayson was pleased with the test Scottish Premier League side Kilmarnock provided his players as a Jordan Rhodes header sealed a draw at Rugby Park for the Terriers.
The SPL kicks off two weeks ahead of domestic English football and Simon was pleased with the efforts of his players against a Killie side who were much further into their pre-season preparations.
“When you come to Scotland for pre-season you know that you are behind them in terms of fitness levels because their season starts a few weeks before ours,” explained Grayson.
“We knew that Kilmarnock would pass it around because they are a good footballing team and they gave us a good game – it tested our current fitness levels.”
Kilmarnock’s opener came from a misplaced Town pass, but on a positive note Town’s Boss was pleased with the football his team attempted to play.
“At times we were a little bit sloppy tonight, but on other occasions we passed the ball well. Our consistency on the ball will develop as our pre-season schedule progresses; we are trying to incorporate a passing game with mixing it up and going long to the attackers. I am pleased with the workout and the performances of certain individuals over the last two games.
“We made a few errors, but we have been doing tough double sessions over the last few days and had a good session this morning; so there may have been one or two who had tired legs, but there is no better way than improving your match fitness than being out there on the pitch.”
There was a familiar name on the score sheet for the Terriers on the evening after Jordan Rhodes headed Town level on 38 minutes.
“It was business as usual for Jordan and hopefully his goal will be the first of another 40 goals in the upcoming season! It was a good ball in from Paul Dixon, who has got good delivery, and Jordan did the rest with his movement and header.”
The Terriers' latest recruit Joel Lynch featured late on alongside Antony Kay; while Jack Hunt missed the game with a slight hamstring niggle.
“We didn’t want to give Joel (Lynch) too long because he has trained over the last couple of days and we had to think long and hard over whether to play him tonight, but he wanted to have a little bit of game time. Jack (Hunt) has done work with the physios over the last few days and this morning - and he will probably join back in with the squad on Thursday. We won’t be taking unnecessary risks on players at this stage of the season.”
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