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7 March 2021

Midfielder featured in latest Under-19s game against AFC Fylde

- Josh Austerfield says he’ll learn from defeat
- Midfielder disappointed with result against AFC Fylde
- Young Terrier looking to improve physical aspect of game

Huddersfield Town midfielder Josh Austerfield was disappointed with the response the Young Terriers gave after going behind in the 4-0 defeat to AFC Fylde on Saturday.

Town battled well in the opening 45 minutes and went in at the interval all square but were undone by two early second half goals that left the youngsters with a mountain to climb.

Austerfield believes the result will provide the team and himself with an important lesson moving forward as he looks to continue his development as Captain of Jon Worthington’s side.

“In the first half I thought we competed well and could have probably gone 1-0 up in the game. We kept ourselves in it but then we have gone one behind and we stopped doing the things that made us play well.

“I think today is a learning curve for all of us, especially me because when we go one or two down I’ve got to be the one that picks the lads up and make sure they perform better because 4-0 isn’t good enough.”

The 19-year-old recently enjoyed a brief loan spell out at non-league outfit Hyde United and is currently undergoing a weight gaining programme in order to improve the physical aspect of his game.

These are things that Austerfield thinks will prepare him for more tests such as this one ahead of the rest of the season.

“I think I dealt alright with the physicality and it is something that I am looking to improve and build on,” he said.

“The loan has put me in good stead, and I thought I battled well at times, but when we go down, I also have to help the team as a Captain and a leader.”

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