Jon Worthington reviews defeat at AFC Fylde
- Jon Worthington on loss to AFC Fylde
- Academy Coach pleased with application of players in first half
- Worthy confident Young Terriers will learn from challenge
Huddersfield Town’s Under-19s Coach Jon Worthington was pleased with how the Young Terriers competed in the first half, despite defeat against AFC Fylde at Mill Farm on Saturday afternoon.
Town’s U19s defended well against experienced and physical opposition in the opening 45 minutes, with the scoreline goalless at half-time. However, four second half goals from Sam Osbourne, Kurt Willoughby (2) and Owen Robinson gave the National League North side a convincing 4-0 victory.
Speaking to htafc.com after the match, Worthington expressed how there were positives to take, despite a disappointing second half performance.
“I thought the two halves were chalk and cheese really.
“I thought we competed in the first half; we took on the physical challenge, we played in the right areas, and there were a lot of positives. Then, for me, the second half was a bit disappointing.
“Goals change games. They can affect confidence and decision making, and I think that’s what happened. When you do concede goals, you want characters to come out and people to take on the challenge - and I think we were left wanting in those areas.”
Worthy was also pleased with the application of his players in the first half.
“Obviously it was a young team today, so a lot of the emphasis around this week had been on working on the out of possession stuff, defending the box, and first contact duels.
“I think first half there were a lot of positives in terms of the physical duels and competing - so that was good. You’ve got to take into account that it was a very young group today so it was a challenge, but we want to expose the players to those situations and challenges, which is why we take on these games.”