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SINNOTT DELIGHTED WITH TOWN DEBUT

26 January 2013

Jordan discussed the Leicester game

Debutant Jordan Sinnott took his first Huddersfield Town appearance in his stride in today’s 1-1 draw against Leicester City.

The Club’s Under-21 Captain, who joined the Academy at under-15 level, played very well on his first senior appearance for the Terriers before being replaced due to cramp on the hour mark and was adamant that he didn’t feel any anxiety on the big stage. 

“I was fine to be honest. I thought the nerves might have kicked in when I arrived and went out for the warm-up, but they didn’t. I’m not really the nervous type!” the 18 year-old told htafc.com.

“I gave the ball away a couple of times today, but that doesn’t faze me as long as I get the next one right.”

Town impressed in their new 4-4-2 diamond shape with Sinnott in the middle of the park and he felt that they did enough to warrant the win. 

“I thought we were unlucky not to win the game really. Leicester brought some big players off the bench and Chris Wood took his goal well. We had a few chances through Novak and he took his penalty well too. We’re in the hat, so we can still look forward to it. 

“We have a great set of lads here. Our main priority is Huddersfield Town and I thought everyone applied themselves excellently today. The other players helped me out a lot; if I gave the ball away they didn’t get on my back, but instead they encouraged me and that is credit to them all.”

Jordan is the son of former Town skipper Lee, who now manages Altrincham in the Blue Square North. With their game postponed today, he got to see his son on debut.

Jordan continued: “My Dad was here today. He was in the Stadium, but he wouldn’t tell me where! He said he’ll ring me later tonight and I expect some constructive criticism from him. I want to go as far as I can and the more people telling how I can improve, the better. My whole family have supported me since I was a youngster and me being out on the pitch has been a big deal for everyone in my family today. 

“I’ve had a few chats with my Dad and he told me my time would come, so I’ve just kept working so I’m prepared when it did. I found out I was playing yesterday; we trained at the Stadium and when Mark told us the team I had to check again! I’m absolutely delighted to make my debut. 

“Since I turned three I’ve always been kicking a ball about, so it’s fantastic. If I’m being honest I didn’t think it would come this early, but I’m absolutely delighted it has.”

Jordan was quick to praise both Academy Manager Lillis and Senior Professional Development Coach Steve Eyre for the influence they have had on his fledgling career: 

“Mark is an encourager. He told us to stay positive at all times and to stick together. Even if things didn’t go well, he was adamant we stick together to grind out a result. He’s a great guy. 

“’Lills’ came to the Club when I was a second year scholar at Christmas time. At that time I was more of a sitting midfielder, but he’s taught me to get forward more as he didn’t want me getting pigeonholed – he helped me become a better all-round midfielder. I have to thank him a lot for pushing me on.

“Obviously there’s Steve Eyre as well. He’s helped me a lot since he’s been here, so I’d like to thank them both. 

“The fans have been great, so I’d like to thank all the Huddersfield supporters too.”

 Sinnott played six games for Altrincham over Christmas when the Under-21 Professional Development League closed in December – a spell he feels has benefitted him vastly. 

“It was a very important spell for me. It was a different style of football for me; a lot of the lads there worked through the day, for instance, but they welcomed me – they are a great set of lads – and it was brilliant for me, as we had no Under-21 games over Christmas and I wanted to keep my fitness up. 

“I played away at Brackley and Stalybridge and they were quite intimidating, tight places, but this was brilliant! I wanted to stay on, but I got a little bit of cramp when I took a shot.”

Next up for Sinnott and co is Wednesday night’s home game against Crystal Palace and Jordan admitted he would love to be back on the pitch:

“I faded out towards the end, but hopefully I’ve done myself justice as I really enjoyed it. I’ll take things day by day, but obviously I’d love to be involved on Wednesday. We’ll see how things go.”

Wednesday’s game is £10 for adults and £5 for under-16s – click HERE to buy your ticket now!

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