Steve positive despite semi-final defeatSteve Eyre praised his Under-21 charges for an outstanding season, which came to an end at the hands of Charlton on Tuesday afternoon.
The Terriers finished second in the Professional Development League 2 and as a result qualified for the National Play-Offs.
Four goals from Charlton striker Joe Pigott sealed an impressive victory for Charlton who beat Town 6-1; Matt Crooks grabbed Town’s only goal
“I would describe today as long term gain for short term pain,” said Steve.
“The match wasn’t a particularly good advert for development in terms of football, but there was a lot at stake and the hosts played the game very physically. The major difference was the physicality; the two teams were worlds apart.”
Town grabbed a life-line at half-time courtesy of Crooks, but were quickly on the back foot.
“Once they got into a comfortable lead we had to throw all kinds of caution to the wind to try and get back into the game,” continued Steve. “We spoke at half-time about getting the next goal in the game, and we did, but then we had to carry forward that momentum. Sadly we conceded again and then gave away a reckless penalty and it was pretty much game over.
“It looked like the game was going to go 2-2, but during our best spell in the game we fell behind further. We contested the last twenty minutes with virtually two at the back. We were missing Tom Clarke and Godwin Abadaki who have been key for us this season and as a result had to give debuts and run-outs to 17 year-olds. We had players playing out of position and physically we just couldn’t compete. Charlton were powerful and clinical and deserve their place in the National Final. We wish them luck and success.”
Eyre’s men have recorded some excellent victories over the course of the season and during the second half won four on the trot without conceding a goal
“The enjoyment we have all experienced during our journey far outweighs today’s afternoon of football. They have put in some fantastic performances over the course of the season and I have seen them go from strength to strength. They are all a big part of this football club as it continues to grow.
“Today was difficult and they will learn life lessons that will set them up for later in their careers, whatever level they go on to play. They will hurt, but nothing should be taken away from an outstanding season of development; our win percentage was very high and the reason why we made it to the semi-final stage.”
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