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10 February 2021



10 February 2021

Jon Worthington reviews defeat at Fleetwood

- Jon Worthington on loss to Fleetwood
- Academy Coach is confident his side will learn from result
- Worthy disappointed as youngsters did well in possession

Huddersfield Town’s Under-19s manager Jon Worthington believes Wednesday’s 5-0 defeat to Fleetwood Town will provide his young players with a steep learning curve.

Although the Young Terriers bossed the lion’s share of possession throughout the afternoon, they were ultimately punished by moments of quality on the counter-attack at crucial periods of the match.

While this is something that frustrated Worthy, he is confident that this type of test will stand them in good stead for the future.

“To be honest, in terms of the ball we did enjoy quite a lot of it, but I don’t think we had enough quality to break down their block and we were then punished on the transitions in the second half,” he said.

“I thought it was a tough challenge for us against a strong Fleetwood side. We had a mixed group and I think it was a real test at times for the players. There were some good moments, but I think overall it was pretty disappointing.

“I thought some did okay, but like I said it was a tough, physical challenge. In terms of levels it was probably a step too far for some of them today, but that is just part of their journey.

“When we sit down and go through the game there will be loads in terms of learning. I think it will be more individual based than as a team due to the personnel that we had out there today.”

Despite the defeat, Worthy claimed there would be some positives to take from a difficult encounter against a Fleetwood side containing the likes of on-loan Swansea City winger Barrie McKay and former Town goalkeeper Joel Coleman.

“There are always some positives to take from it, although it is difficult when you have been beaten 5-0. I think Fleetwood’s team was a lot stronger than ours today in terms of experience and where they are at.

“But again, it has been another opportunity for some of the younger players to get exposure and see the levels.

“It is hard to take any positives from it as a team, but once we review it there will be some individual moments that are positive for players.”

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