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EYRE: IT WAS A DESERVED VICTORY

21 September 2012

Steve delighted with his team’s performance

Steve Eyre praised his players following their victory over Sheffield Wednesday this afternoon, less than two days since their last outing against Derby.

Late goals from Jordan Sinnott and Godwin Abadaki earned Town under-21s its second win of the season.

“We deserved today’s victory; our organisation and possession of the ball was very pleasing,” said a proud Steve Eyre.

“We showed more than just character from the defeat against Derby, I thought our fitness levels were very good. We didn’t show signs of fatigue despite only playing a few days ago. We showed excellent mental and physical strength to put in a very good performance today."

Town went behind in the game with 14 minutes to play and Steve told htafc.com that he had belief that his players could turn it around.

“I just tried to stick by the players and keep the belief high,” he said. “We had the infectious Scott Arfield in the centre of the park who kept us ticking over and we knew that if we could keep getting up to the Wednesday penalty box that we would get a chance. We had gone from back to front well all game but had failed to break their defence.  We needed to make more forward runs and we did that in the last 15 minutes, which helped us win the game.

“One matter we are trying to address is our ability to affect the score line earlier in the game; you could see today that for all the possession that we had we didn’t score and then got hit on the counter. It was that sucker punch that in some ways kicked us into gear and thankfully we found something in the last 15 minutes to get a deserved victory.”

On loan Rochdale man Godwin Abadaki notched his first goal in the blue and white of Town with a powerful downward header.

“It was a very good header at the back post but a lot of the credit must also go to Dale Hopson for his pick out with the delivery. It was a very well executed header from Godwin and an equally good cross. I thought Murray Wallace, Calum Woods, Scott Arfield, Sean Scannell and Jimmy Spencer showed fantastic experience and attitude and backed that up with good performances today.”

Connor Loftus also showed promise when he came on, winning the penalty which ignited Town’s fight back. 

“Connor likes to run off the last man and I recognised that we were doing everything but that, so we called him on. There are things that he needs to work on but he did well today and would have probably scored if the ‘keeper hadn’t brought him down.”

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