Young Huddersfield Town B side draws with Liverpool FC on Sunday
- Huddersfield Town B play against Liverpool FC for second week
- Young Terriers perform amazingly against senior Reds side
- Town players to learn lots from Anfield experience
A Huddersfield Town B team consisting of the Club’s talented young players enjoyed a fantastic learning experience against a strong Liverpool FC team on Sunday.
Played in the historic surroundings of Anfield, the Young Terriers performed superbly against a side packed with international talent, featuring Adrian, Joel Matip, Xherdan Shaqiri, James Milner, Takumi Minamino and Divock Origi.
B Team boss Danny Schofield – alongside Jon Worthington – led the team, and was joined by First Team Assistant Coach Narcís Pelach and Head of Goalkeeping Paul Clements on the touchline.
Town gave as good as they got in a fantastic first half, with the best chance seeing Jaden Brown shoot just wide of goal after a superb pass from 17-year-old winger Pat Jones sent him in on goal.
Unfortunately, it was the Reds who netted with the last meaningful action of the 45; Japan international Minamino collecting a deep cross before giving Joel Pereira no chance at close range.
The second half got no easier for Schofield’s side, with Loris Karius, Harry Wilson and Rhian Brewster all being introduced. However, it was Town who netted an equaliser to give them just rewards for their efforts!
With 12 minutes left, striker Micah Obiero cleared a Liverpool corner at the front post and set Jones away on the counter. The young winger gave the ball to midfielder Brahima Diarra, who immediately played Welshman Jones into space on the right. His cross looked to be heading straight to substitute Kian Harratt to fire home, forcing a defender to stretch and only succeed in diverting the ball home anyway.
“Sunday was a great illustration of what the B Team is all about,” Schofield told htafc.com.
“We gave our young players the opportunity to play against some elite footballers and, to their credit, they were so focused going into the game. We prepared in a way that offered the players the opportunity to give everything on the pitch.
“We’re mirroring the style that the Head Coach wants the First Team to play and the lads did it brilliantly. That means you must be very brave on the ball - when we asked them to receive it in the face of Liverpool’s intense press - and off it, where we will go one vs one at certain times.
“The only important results at this Club are at First Team level; we put all our focus into developing players. However, that result can be part of the players’ development, as it gives them belief in the process.”
Town’s team (4-3-3)
Joel Pereira; Jaden Brown, Romoney Crichlow, Rarmani Edmonds-Green (Mustapha Olagunju, 46’), Ilounga Pata; Josh Austerfield, Brahima Diarra, Matty Daly (Kian Harratt, 60’); Patrick Jones, Micah Obiero, Aaron Rowe (Sam Sharrock-Peplow, 46’)
Giosue Bellagambi, Nicholas Bilokapic; Myles Bright