Comments from the Senior Professional Development Coach
- Frankie Bunn reviews U21 win over Barnsley
- SPD Coach credits players after 12 straight wins
- Bunn looks ahead to 2016
“It was a hard fought win today. Barnsley came and competed with us; it was a tough game. Thankfully we got the result, which is what comes with confidence,” Frankie told htafc.com.
“I thought the conditions were difficult today, especially in the first half. That may have had something to do with the bit of quality we were missing at times, but they kept plugging away until the end and got the result.
“We scored a couple from set plays today and we got the winner against Middlesbrough in that way in our last game. They are important and I stressed that before the game. For or against, set pieces help you win or lose games.
“We’re quite greedy here and we want to play with a lot of quality, but credit to the boys; it was a windswept, rainy day and they have got the result again.”
Bunn has been particularly pleased with his players over the current run of results, which started back in early September with victory at Crystal Palace.
He continued: “It has never been the same team, as we’ve had people missing for good reasons. Duane (Holmes) wasn’t with us today and neither was Philip (Billing), as both are currently with the First Team.
“That’s what we’re here for, though. This side and these games are the vehicle for our players to put on performances and hopefully get into the First Team environment. Duane has played back-to-back games now and Philip has been in and around it for a couple of months, so our other players can see that and try to emulate it.
“They don’t need much motivating, because they can see the path here and they want to do it for themselves. They do that by impressing in the games or the training sessions they take part in.
“The other people are coming in and performing, which is pleasing. We were quite young today, with three scholars in the side and a couple on the bench.”
The Development Squad will now great a short break before the first game of the New Year; a home clash with second placed Hull City on 4 January.
“They’ll get a few days off after training on Christmas eve, as our next game is 4 January against Hull.
“The players have to come back and hit the ground running. We also have a Premier League Cup game at either Chelsea or Southampton coming up, which everyone is looking forward to. Hopefully we will turn them and give them a good game.”