Steve discusses Sheffield United result
Huddersfield Town’s Senior Professional Development Coach Steve Eyre told htafc.com he is delighted the team’s performance against Sheffield United in the Under-21 League at Canalside on Tuesday afternoon was echoed in the result.
“I’m delighted. If I’m being picky I want to play well, win and do so with a clean sheet so we didn’t manage to do the latter,” Steve told the Club’s official website.
“However, to score four and play so well in general whilst getting the first team senior players as many minutes on the pitch is a bonus for this team and the Club.”
Town were particularly effective at set-pieces, with both Murray Wallace and Matt Crooks’ goals coming from corners.
“We’ve done a little bit on set-pieces because we recognise how important they are at senior level, both attacking and defending them.
“We think we’ve been very unfortunate in the last two games – that our performances haven’t brought the results we deserved. We had to find a way of getting the scoreline to match our good work and we felt that we wanted to get into the 18 yard box a lot more, whether that be by dribbling it in, passing it in, crossing it in or via set-pieces. We didn’t do that enough in the first two games, but we did it ample times today and we got our reward.”
Although the new Under-21 Development League is about more than results, Eyre was adamant that getting the first win of the season was an important milestone to reach.
“People are sometimes in denial about winning and I don’t see why they should be, because it’s a fantastic feeling. That is what we set out to do; we don’t set a team out to draw or lose. We’re always satisfied if we get a good performance and lots of ball retention and possession, but we set out to play and win and we have done that today.”
Every member of the Town team impressed on the canal pitches at Canalside Sports Complex, but Eyre reserved special mention for the outstanding Adam Hammill.
“I would describe Adam’s performance as pure magic from the first minute today, whether that was dribbling on the ball or working off it. He scored from a free-kick and then he was replaced after 65 minutes.
“We’re obviously hoping he will be a fantastic player for our first team and on that showing he will be.”
Eyre also explained that he is delighted the new boys - Scott Kay, Tom Smith, Dale Hopson and Robbie McIntryre – have quickly integrated into the group.
“Scott trained with the First Team group this morning as well as the other lads that didn’t play and the other lads all played a part as we put in a good team performance and got three points for the Development Squad.”