Development Coach hails midfielder’s versatility
Steve Eyre presided over his 11th straight win in the U21 Professional Development 2 North this afternoon and praised the impact that Matt Crooks has had since his return from injury.
The midfielder missed a portion of the season with an ankle problem and has returned to the side as a central defender – a position he is thriving in according to Eyre.
“Matt is a fantastic footballer within our system. He has proven that he can play pretty much anywhere in the spine of the team and is equally good in attack and defence.
“He is an excellent young player," added Eyre.
“Leeds sat off us and prevented our full backs getting up the pitch, they gave our centre backs plenty of time. In Murray Wallace and Matt we have two good footballers and they took the ball into midfield; which made a big impact in our attacks.”
At the other end of the pitch, Harry Bunn was again impressive and unlucky not to add to his goal tally.
“Harry had an excellent header well saved, which would have been a great personal reward for his efforts in the match,” said Steve. "He is a hungry individual who is a pleasure to go into battle with; we have worked together for a long time and he must be a nightmare to play against!”
The match also gave Norwegian Sondre Tronstad the chance to make his debut for the Terriers alongside Duane Holmes in the middle of midfield.
“He has been at the Club for a couple of weeks and progressed through the game to finish as a winner with the other lads,” said Steve,
“The opposition made it very difficult for us and used spoiling tactics at times. They tried to stop us playing and at times they did, so to make your debut in a game like was tough.
“It wasn’t until the second half that we showed our capabilities and although I was a little disappointed with our end play at times, we managed to net thanks to Cristian Lopez. The goal was finished from a yard, but it started with Jordan Sinnott who played two or three neat passes to get into the area.
“Sean Scannell finished the game off in injury time, but I thought we were wasteful at times which made it a tighter contest.”