Lee discusses Town’s pre-season period
Lee Peltier believes the hard work the Town players are putting in on the training ground will pay dividends when the Sky Bet Championship begins on Saturday 9 August.
The First Team has now played four games – the latest being the game at Scunthorpe United last Saturday – to complement the work being out in day in, day out at PPG Canalside and summer recruit Peltier believes things are going well:
“It’s been good. The trip to Portugal was good, which was a good team bonding exercise and brought everyone together, on top of the hard work we put in during training.
“We scored a lot of goals in the first three games we played, but I think Saturday’s game at Scunthorpe was closer to the ‘real deal’ and we didn’t perform too well during the game. Hopefully we can build on that and get a better performance in Tuesday’s game.
“This is the whole point of pre-season though. We are still a work in progress. We’re all working hard towards the start of the season and the pre-season games are designed to work towards the opening league fixture at home to AFC Bournemouth on 9 August. It’s better that we get any potential issues nailed down now, before the season starts. We’re still working hard on getting to know each other in different formations.
“It’s also largely about fitness and it was another 90 minutes under our belts. The heat plays a big part on that front; it’s what you want from pre-season.”
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Next up for the Terriers is Tuesday night’s test at Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane.
Lee continued: “It will be a good game on Tuesday night, because Sheffield United is a good team and they’ve signed some good players. It is a good opportunity for us to go and put the things right that we didn’t do too well on Saturday.
“All in all, things are going really well. There are just a few little things we need to sort out, which I’m sure we’ll do.”
The former Leeds and Leicester man took the captain’s armband for Town last weekend, but explained that everyone has to act like a leader on the field come 3pm each Saturday.
“Everyone has to try and lead on the pitch; talk to each other and try to help out their teammates. That should come from our good team spirit. We have enough experienced lads here to help the team through the season.”
The Liverpudlian also admitted that he’s been impressed with what he’s seen from Town’s younger players since returning to the Club.
“There’s a few young lads training with us at the moment, such as Duane (Holmes) and Crooksy (Matt Crooks); he was here during my first spell at Huddersfield and he’s come on a lot. Young Harry Bunn has done well in pre-season too. I’m sure they’ll be taking everything in during pre-season; that’s all part of gaining experience and improving.
“I remember being in their position at Liverpool and its hard making the step up, but they simply have to keep working hard. In today’s football, there is no age limit on getting into a First Team; if you are good enough, you’ll be playing. It’s up to them to get into the Manager’s head by working hard and playing well.”