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DANNY SCHOFIELD: THE PHYSICAL TEST WAS GOOD FOR US

11 March 2020

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Young Terriers drew with Morecambe in the Central League

- Danny Schofield reviewed Town’s EDT draw with Morecambe
- Young Terriers’ Coach on the physical development of his side
- Schofield pleased with the performances of the First Team players

Huddersfield Town’s Academy Coach Danny Schofield believes that the physical test his side faced against Morecambe Reserves on Tuesday afternoon will benefit the development of the Young Terriers.

Town’s EDT defended resolutely to claim a point against a physical and more experienced Morecambe side in the Central League.

When speaking after the match, Schofield admitted that the competitive and physical nature of the match will aid the development of Town’s youngsters.

“It was a challenging game,” he said. “It was definitely competitive and in tough conditions. They posed us a few problems and there are certainly some things we need to work on in an attacking sense.

“I think the physical challenge is good for us. There are a lot of players that need that challenge and we need to be able to win those aerial duels, which I think a lot of them did.

“We need to be able to win the one vs one duels. We need the body contact and we need to be able to come out with the ball when we make challenges. Physical games like that are very good for our players’ development.”

Schofield explained that it was challenging for the Young Terriers to fully execute their game plan because of the way their opposition were set up.

“The game plan was to build with three at the back because we knew they were pressing in a 4-4-2 formation,” he said.

“We wanted to play three at the back with a deep lying centre back, a midfielder dropping in deep, with the full-backs becoming wing-backs playing high and aggressive, getting forward and making forward movements. We tried to use the relationship between the wide players, the winger and the wing-back, to try to penetrate in behind their back line.

“I thought it was difficult at times because they were in such a low block. They stayed in a 4-4-2 and were very compact. I thought we could have moved the ball with a bit more quality at times to create those spaces in behind.”

Several members of Danny Cowley’s First Team featured for Schofield’s side and he was pleased overall with their performances.

“Jaden (Brown) did very well,” he said. “He’s been off the last few days and he came in and played 60 minutes. I thought he performed really well and was a good example to the young players.

“I thought Joel (Coleman) commanded his goal really well. He deserved his clean sheet and was a constant voice throughout the game, so it was a positive for them to get minutes.”

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