Sean reviews his season and Saturday’s game at Blackpool
Sean Scannell has credited Manager Chris Powell as the main factor behind his standout individual season for Huddersfield Town.
The 24 year-old Londoner has excelled this campaign, culminating in him being named the Blue & White Foundation’s Player of the Season recently (click HERE
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“We’ve had ups and downs, but we’ve had some good times this season,” Sean told htafc.com on Thursday.
“I feel like we’re getting better and better in each game under the Manager and I think we’re now showing what we’re capable of, particularly attack-wise.
“As soon as the Manager arrived here, it was obvious he believes in me and I owe him a lot of thanks for putting me in the team and letting me express myself. He’s helping me get better. I feel really good after the season; I’m really happy with it.
“My favourite performance was actually Blackpool at home – I liked that game a lot. Everything went our way that day; even if I didn’t mean to do something, it came off and looked good!
“I’ve had a little dip, just like everyone does, but I feel like I’ve come out of it and got back to my best now.”
Having played in just 30% and 49% of the Club’s league minutes during the last two seasons, Scannell has risen to prominence this term; he’s been on the pitch for 85% of the possible minutes in Town’s league games.
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Many of those minutes have come as a right wing-back in Chris Powell’s asymmetric 3-5-2 system.
“Because the old manager didn’t select me to play there last season, I’d started to believe myself that I couldn’t play the position,” ‘Scanz’ said of his wing back berth.
“The Manager has given me the chance to do it and I’ve actually really enjoyed it! I’m sure people questioned my work rate, but I’ve always been a player that works hard. I might be laid back, but I’m not lazy.
The way that the system works, I’m more of a winger because Tommy Smith is there to help out behind me.
“Defensively I feel much better and I also feel like I can keep going forward all game. I had a good pre-season because I did a lot of fitness in work back in London before I came back, so I think that’s a big part of my good season. I’ll do the same again this summer.”
On Saturday he showed his versatility, moving to the left to accommodate substitute Joe Lolley and performing well against Blackburn Rovers.
“I don’t mind – I can play on both sides,” Sean explained. “I’m probably stronger on my right side, but when Joe (Lolley) in on the pitch he’s great at cutting in from the right side. Being on the left also gives me the option of coming infield and shooting as well as going down the line.
“He’s got so much ability it’s a joke! You can see in training how sharp he is; he’s one of the quickest players I’ve played with, which must be so hard to defend against. It’s great competition for me, but if we both play that’s even better.”
Now Scannell wants to cap off a good season at Blackpool on Saturday, where a positive result would see Town go seven games unbeaten to finish the 2014/15 campaign.
“It’s important that we get a result on Saturday, because we’ve done so well over the last six games and we want to end on a high. That will help us come into next season with momentum.
“We’re going to approach the game like any other to try and get the three points. I’m not worried about anything else that’s going on; I’m focused on getting on the pitch and performing for the team. I’d love to get a goal and help us get the three points.”
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