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9 December 2021



9 December 2021

George Danaher reviews narrow FA Youth Cup defeat

- George Danaher on 1-0 loss to Blackpool
- Academy Coach disappointed in performance
- Danaher on how side will grow from negative result

Despite being disappointed to see his side knocked out of the FA Youth Cup, Huddersfield Town Academy Coach George Danaher believes the Young Terriers use that feeling to better themselves.

Town’s Young Terriers were on the wrong side of a 1-0 scoreline, as Blackpool’s first half header saw them progress to the Fourth Round.

Speaking after the match, Danaher was quick to give his thoughts on the game.

“Overall, disappointed.

“I’m disappointed with the performance and the way we played, but I think the lads can take great learning from it.

“This competition provides something that not a lot of games provide – it provides pressure, and it provides nerves.

“Some of the players dealt with that okay, and others struggled, and it’s now about how we support the players around that, so that when they get the opportunity to play in a Stadium in front of fans again, they perform better.”

The Academy Coach went on explain what competitions like the FA Youth Cup provide for Town’s young players.

“It provides games in a stadium, which they never do.

“It provides games under lights, which they never do.

“It provides the coaches and staff putting real demand on them.

“It provides fans watching and parents watching.

“It’s a lot of new experiences for them and that’s why the competition is brilliant, because it adds a lot of external factors that they wouldn’t usually have.

“The players have to learn to deal with that if they want to be First Team footballers.”

Danaher also took the time to discuss how the result will help drive his side to be the best that they can.

“I said to the lads after the game, it’s a feeling that you take with you every day.

“No one wants to lose a game that you set out to win to see you through to the next stage of a competition.

“The feeling that they have now, will stay with them every day.

“It’ll make them work harder and more intensely and will motivate them to want more out of these experiences and to want more out of themselves.

“The feeling of defeat is incredibly powerful, now they know there’s a long way to go and a lot of work to do.”

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