Development Coach delighted with midfielder’s performance
Steve Eyre was delighted with his team’s display as they extended their unbeaten run to four games with a 2-1 victory over Barnsley.
Midfielder Matt Crooks opened the scoring for the Terriers with a glancing header and Eyre was delighted with the Academy graduates display.
“I have just spoken to ‘Crooksy’ now and I have been waiting for him all season to produce the sort of performance that he did today,” commented Steve.
“I thought during the first 30 minutes of the game that he was absolutely outstanding and then for the remaining hour he did everything that we asked of him. He grafted defensively and then supported the attackers; his all round play was superb. He has done a lot of work on the training ground and I have noticed a significant increase in his fitness levels, which is allowing him to get around the pitch and flourish.”
Town enjoyed a fantastic start to the game and could have been further ahead at the half-time interval.
“We could have scored four in the first twenty minutes and ended the game as a contest,” said Steve. “We were a little bit wasteful with Godwin Abadaki missing a couple of good chances after we had taking a two goal lead with a good header and a good poacher’s goal from Connor (Loftus).
“It could have been easier as we had to hang on at the end. I thought we were well organised as a team and I think Scott Kay and Matt Crooks in-particular were fantastic. Matt today gave us a little bit of everything and I thought Scott pretty much controlled the game from the middle of the park."
He continued: “I put demands on the players to start brightly and immediately from the kick-off we had a good spell of possession, which resulted in us scoring the first goal. I don’t believe in the phrase ‘you can score too early’ and our goal allowed the players to flourish for the next 30 minutes. The players’ man-management today was very impressive in both attack and defence.
“We knew that when Dave Flitcroft joined the touchline that Barnsley would be a better outfit in the second half, because he puts serious demands on his team to play football and work hard. They did improve in the second half, but thankfully we had done the damage in the first half.”
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