Eyre pleased with general play
Town’s Senior Professional Development Coach Steve Eyre was generally happy with the run-out in the 2-2 friendly draw at Guiseley tonight.
With Mark Robins, Steve Taylor and Darren Robinson looking on, Eyre led a side containing a mix of experience – the likes of internationals Paul Dixon and Oliver Norwood – with several Under-21 players and watched his side dominate general play, only to spurn chances and be punished by gritty Guiseley.
“We really enjoyed the game; thanks to Guiseley for their hospitality. It was a good contest and we’re delighted with the pre-season exercise,” Steve told htafc.com.
“We set out to play at a high tempo and dominate the ball in order to create opportunities and finish them off. We could have done the last bit better, but nevertheless we’re pleased with the exercise and we got more minutes in the legs.
“We’ve come through the game with no injuries and we feel like we dominated the ball; we were outstanding between the two 18-yard boxes, but we weren’t as good as that in the two penalty areas where games are won and lost.
“I thought the two goals we conceded were soft and we spurned a lot of opportunities in their area, but between the two boxes we were outstanding.”
Steve is expected to lead his Under-21s to Radcliffe Borough on Friday evening and wants more of the game – with an improvement in front of goal.
“The young lads will have a rest and recovery session tomorrow with a light training session, because we’ll be looking for another high-tempo performance at Radcliffe Borough on Friday night. If we can match the tempo and performance, all we’ll need to have a good evening is a little improvement in the final area.”