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WORTHY PRAISES U19S’ MENTALITY

17 March 2021

Jon Worthington reviews Fleetwood Town win

- Jon Worthington on Fleetwood Town win
- Academy Coach praised side’s reaction to conceding
- Worthy also highlighted Brahima Diarra’s performance

Jon Worthington praised the Young Terriers for how they responded to conceding as Huddersfield Town’s Under-19s picked up a 3-1 victory over Fleetwood Town.

Kit Elliott’s 23rd minute opener was cancelled out by the Cod Army on the hour, however, two sublime efforts from Brahima Diarra confirmed the win.

Worthy was delighted with how his side’s mentality was not affected after the equaliser.

“I thought it was a good game; it was a good test,” he said.

“Fleetwood are an organised team with good structure, so they made the game difficult in periods, but the lads stuck to the task well, and competed, and deserved the win in the end.

“The response was good; it is always a test of character when you concede a goal and a team gets back into the game.

“They took on the challenge and were clinical when the chances came in the second half.

“As players get into the Under-19 age group, you try and get them to be more professional, and get them to make better decisions, and bring out the character in this team to react to disappointments – I thought they showed this in the second half.”

Despite an overall positive team display, it was Diarra’s virtuous performance which, ultimately, won the Young Terriers the game.

The 17-year-old set up Elliott’s opening strike before netting a brace, with the second goal being particularly astonishing.

Worthy expressed his admiration for the midfielder, who he says is not surprised by the quality that Diarra showcased.

“It’s no surprise to me, he does it every day in training,” he continued.

“He is a very talented player, but it wasn’t just the goals, it was the other aspects to his game. He’s always committed, he does extremely well in all the duals and with the out-of-possession responsibilities.

“The goals were excellent today, but it’s no great surprise as it is something that he does consistently.

“He can play in different positions comfortably, and it is always good to have someone like that in your side who can unlock teams in tight games.”

Preceding the fixture was the news that 16-year-old Brodie Spencer received his maiden call-up to the Under-19 Northern Ireland squad.

Worthy believes that Spencer, who has been capped twice at Under-16 level, is ready to make that step up.

“It’s great for him and I am pleased that he has gotten that international recognition.

“He’s a young lad who has done well in the Under-17s group and he is probably ready to be tested in both training and the matches with the older players.”


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