Danny Cowley on Town’s draw with Middlesbrough
- Danny Cowley speaks to #HTTV following 0-0 draw with Middlesbrough
- Manager proud of Ryan Schofield on league debut
- Watch the full interview below on #HTTV
Huddersfield Town Manager Danny Cowley insists there is a lot of things the Terriers can take from Wednesday night’s 0-0 draw with Middlesbrough in the Sky Bet Championship.
The deadlock couldn’t be broken at the John Smith’s Stadium, with Adama Diakhaby going closest for a Town with a first half free-kick, before a good reactionary save from Ryan Schofield ensured the scores stayed level after the break.
Speaking after the game, Danny Cowley provided his thoughts.
“I think that we didn’t play forward enough and weren’t positive enough with our play. When we did go into their half, we probably forced the play. There’s definitely a lot of learning we can take.
“We weren’t able to execute the game plan as we wanted to and as a consequence the game became a fight. Then you have to dig deep and fight hard - as a result of that we didn’t get beaten.
“We were disappointed with how we played but if you can’t play well then don’t lose. The positives for us are we’re now five unbeaten and we’ve now kept three clean sheets in the last four games.”
Despite the result, Danny insisted that there was plenty to be positive about for the Club, after three Town Academy graduates were named in the starting XI; Ryan Schofield, Jaden Brown and Lewis O’Brien.
“I’m proud of Ryan Schofield and while we’re not pleased with the performance, I think it’s quite a proud night for the Football Club, particularly from the Academy’s perspective.
“It’s great work that Leigh Bromby does and the guys there should be well pleased of themselves because we’ve had a brilliant performance from Ryan Schofield and another fantastic performance from Lewis O’Brien.
“To have three boys from the Academy playing in the starting XI tonight is phenomenal at this level. It’s great work from them.”
One of those three players was Ryan Schofield who started his first Sky Bet Championship game for his hometown Club this evening, keeping a well-deserved clean sheet in the process.
“I said to him today it will be his first Championship game, but it certainly won’t be his last – we expect it to be the first of many.
“He’s a top kid, a great kid, he’s been a pleasure to be around and you can see the hunger and desire in his eyes not just to be a professional footballer, but to play for this Football Club.
“To us, he’s very important. It’ll have been a really proud night for him, for Clem (Paul Clements), his goalkeeping coach, and certainly Ryan’s family.”
Town now turn their attention to Saturday’s visit of Barnsley to the John Smith’s Stadium (3pm kick-off).
Danny is looking ahead to what we will be another strong challenge for the side when the Tykes make the short trip across Yorkshire.
“We do definitely have to monitor the group and see how they recover. If we can, we will rest them up.
“The subs and the boys on the periphery of the squad will do some work and then the rest of the group will do some work in the video analysis room to try and learn about the performance.
“We’ll see what we can do to improve and take that into what will be a tough game on Saturday.”
You can watch Danny’s full interview below on #HTTV!