Jon Worthington reviews Stockport County win
- Jon Worthington on Stockport County win
- Academy Coach believes players need to work on adaptability
- Worthy praised Kit Elliott and Jacob’s Chapman’s sperformances
Huddersfield Town’s Jon Worthington believes his side must improve on adapting to the opposition following their 4-3 win over Stockport County.
The Young Terriers were forced to twice come from behind to go into the break at 2-2. However, once the Young Terriers sussed out their opponent’s, they took control of the second half, netting a further two times before surviving a late scare from the hosts.
Worthy explained how important it was to give players minutes, and how they need to be able to show pliancy during a game.
“I thought the intensity in the first half from both teams was good and it made the game competitive, which I thought was good.
“I thought it got quite scrappy towards the end. But, overall, it was an important game for certain players to get minutes in and that was the key to the game.
“Defensively, we need to ensure we maintain that concentration.
“We also need to adapt to different styles: we didn’t know much about Stockport coming into the game and it probably took a little bit of time to adapt to them.
“Stockport came out in the first half with a good tempo and we managed to match that and stay in the game; I think that was key.
“We won our duals, we won our battles, and we did those well.
“Second half, we took control of the game for large periods and that resulted in our two goals in the second half.”
Kit Elliott was a key figure in keeping Town in the game, dropping in from deep or chasing down lost causes to provide two assists from a slow-burn first half.
He then scored an important fourth to cap off a fantastic all-round performance from the forward. Worthy applauded the forward’s ability after his virtuous display.
“He has got a lot of really good attributes and, as a number nine, he can hold it up and run in behind.
“We are working hard with Kit - as we are with all the players.
“I thought he showed a good attitude and he must continue with that in and out of possession.”
Goalkeeper Jacob Chapman also made a string of excellent saves to ensure that his side won the game. Worthy heaped the praise on the Australian, picking out several other positives besides his shot-stopping capabilities.
“I thought he was excellent, and, in my opinion, I think he is a very good goalkeeper.
“His decision-making and his distribution were both excellent - he played out at the right times.
“We know his shot-stopping is excellent and he did that well today.”