The thoughts of Town’s Senior Professional Development Coach
- Frankie Bunn reviews Town U21's 1-0 win at Radcliffe Borough
- Senior Professional Development Coach sees areas for improvement
- Next Under-21 friendly at AFC Emley on Wednesday
Having watched his young Huddersfield Town Under-21 side record a 1-0 win at Evo-Stik Division One North Radcliffe Borough on Friday night, Frankie Bunn explained there is still work to be put in before the start of the Professional Development League 2 North season begins.
The young Terriers were not at their fluent best at Stainton Park on a tricky pitch against a determined opponent, but still recorded the victory thanks to striker Liam Coogans’ early second-half strike.
“The pitch and the weather conditions weren’t that conducive to playing football, but we attempted to and achieved it at times,” Frankie told htafc.com after the final whistle.
“I thought that we were a little obsessed with trying to play out from the back when we could have mixed it up at times; the boys have to realise there are certain times to do particular things in different areas of the field. They have to learn to solve problems on the pitch; that is game management.
“However, we stayed brave. There are two types of bravery in football; physical challenges and the bravery to keep showing for the ball. We made a few mistakes in the game, but it’s great that they kept going.
“It’s always great to keep a clean sheet and I thought we defended quite well at times. The only problems we had came when we gave the ball away in our defensive third; Radcliffe never played through us, round us or over us. Their chances came from our mistakes. I’m delighted with the clean sheet and the win.”
It’s back to the training pitches at PPG Canalside for the Development Squad now ahead of the next friendly at AFC Emley on Wednesday and Bunn suggested the preparation will continue with a focus on the challenges that came out of Friday’s win:
“It’s still early days, so we’re working on everything.
“We need to work on some passing, especially with the centre halves who were a little sloppy with their balls into the front men. A lot of our passes higher up the pitch trying to cut the defence up were intercepted too, but that will come with match sharpness.
“We’re still working defensively and at the other end of the pitch, some of our movement wasn’t great either. We’re working our way slowly up the field, so we start with the backline through to the midfield and the forwards will be ready come the season too.”