Jon Worthington reviews Manchester City match
- Academy Coach on Manchester City defeat
- Worthy praised individual performances
- Young Terriers’ played well against top competition
Jon Worthington was pleased with how the Under-19s performed in and out of possession as Huddersfield Town fell to a 4-2 defeat away at Manchester City.
Conor Falls and Will McCamley both converted for Town on a wet afternoon at the City Football Academy, and despite the result, the Young Terriers should take immense pride in their display.
Town were particularly impressive in possession, retaining the ball with aplomb, as well as quickly pressing from the front when overturned. This was something Worthy praised his side for, as well as their mentality to respond well when without the ball.
“I thought it was a good game in terms of tactics for the players and the staff,” he said.
“There is a lot of learning that is going to come out of that, so from that perspective, I enjoyed the game.
“There were a lot of positives, especially in the first half, both in and out of possession.
“We were keen to come here and not just sit back; we wanted to press and be aggressive because that is our style out of possession, and in periods, I thought we implemented that really well and then we turned the ball well.
“As well as the defensive concepts, we work on the attacking concepts and a combination of play all over the pitch and I thought at times that was clear, so as I have said, a lot of positives from individual performances again – it is pleasing.
“I think the lads are doing that repeatedly now and it shows that there is a good mentality and belief within the group, which is good to see - those types of mentality tests they are doing well with.”
Worthy also mentioned the pleasing aspect that several of the Under-17s side were able to feature for the Under-19s, as well as his side being able to experience playing against a side of City’s calibre.
“I think it is great, and it is taking the experiences both tactically, and coming to places like City and playing against top individuals at their age and that is what it was today.
“We got a lot of young players on the pitch today at the end, which again gives them exposure and experience, which is pleasing.
“The players all train together and there is a strong alignment, and there is an understanding that whichever players come into a certain team, you have that understanding and you’re ready to go.”