Steve pleased to continue good league form
Huddersfield Town’s Development Squad Manager Steve Eyre was pleased with the work and endeavour of his players as they ran out 2-1 winners over Derby County.
Town Chairman Dean Hoyle and Manager Mark Robins were in attendance at Canalside Sports Complex to see a side featuring the likes of Adam Clayton, Anthony Gerrard and Duane Holmes.
Eyre said: “I think we deserved to win it, obviously we started off very well and we worked hard to get the ball up the pitch.
It was Tommy Smith, captaining the side, who broke forwards twice on the right-hand side to cross for Daniel Carr to score a brace in the first half, sending Town into a 2-0 lead.
“It wasn’t always easy, but we spoke before the game about getting more players up into the final third. With the likes of Tommy Smith, we did it with such effect that I thought his efforts deserved the tap-ins from Daniel.”
The Terriers were knocked out of the U21 Premier League Cup last week in a narrow 2-1 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday and Eyre felt he received a response from the players, despite Mason Bennett pulling one goal back for Derby.
He said: “We got a reaction, but we also can’t forget that we were unbeaten up to last week’s fixture. As for today, we have been better this season and we did a lot of unnecessary defending. But that said, we defended okay and were clinical when we needed to be.
“With that extra defending, it gives the other team encouragement, as Derby found out today with a goal that affected the score line, but fortunately not the result.”
“We got to a certain point where we were trying not to concede again and we were trying to counter-attack. Moving the ball into the middle third was good, but at times the final bit towards the penalty area let us down which is something we can look forward to working on.”
Town remain top of the Professional Development League Two, going into consecutive Yorkshire derbies against Barnsley and Sheffield United.