Bunn comments on friendly defeat at Brighouse
- Frankie Bunn comments on friendly defeat at Brighouse Town
- Bunn takes positives and negatives from Under-21's defeat
- Frankie looking for Development Squad to improve vs Stalybridge
The young Terriers weren’t at their best against the opposition, but Frankie told htafc.com that Town’s players will learn from the game:
“There’s always positives and negatives and this was a stiff test tonight. They were quite physical and aggressive at times, which you have to learn to cope with - no matter what age you are.
“They’re also learning about game management; when to stay on your feet and when to go into a challenge hard and firm.
“I think Brighouse was the best team we’ve played against this pre-season by far, so it was tougher. They didn’t play through us and our players stood up to the physical challenge quite well at times. Unfortunately we conceded from two set plays, which isn’t the norm for us; we brought someone down for a penalty and then switched off at the far post from a corner.”
One of the positives to take was another goal for striker Flo Bojaj, who took his pre-season tally to four goals in three games with a late strike from a corner. However, Bunn explained that the 19 year-old is still learning about the game:
“Flo was quiet tonight and a little untidy at times. The opposition was a bit tighter and they were nicking the ball off his front, so he has to learn to do better than that by playing one or two touches and spinning in.
“We also wanted him to get in the box more and we spoke to him about that at half-time. In the second-half, he then poached himself a goal from a set play, which was pleasing.”
Next up for the Development Squad is its final pre-season friendly at Stalybridge Celtic on Monday evening; an opponent that plays two tiers above tonight’s opposition in the Vanarama National League North.
Frankie concluded: “I think Stalybridge will be an even bigger challenge for us. They will be more physically adept than us and we’ll have to stand up to that, but we also have to learn how to play against teams that sit off us.
“We struggled with that a bit in the first-half tonight; things like getting the ball wide and getting people in the box. The quality wasn’t quite there. We’ll do a bit of work on final third play next week.”