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WORTHY HAILS ‘GREAT START’ TO PL CUP CAMPAIGN

18 November 2021

B Team Coach happy overall after draw at Newcastle United

- Comments from B Team Coach Jon Worthington
- Jon spoke after the 1-1 draw at Newcastle United
- Worthy happy with progress in the Premier League Cup

B Team Coach Jon Worthington says he is happy with the progress his side is making in the Premier League Cup after Wednesday night’s 1-1 draw at Newcastle United.

Although there was a slight sense of disappointment that the Young Terriers didn’t take all three points after taking the lead through striker Kian Harratt in the North East, ‘Worthy’ is generally pleased with the campaign.

Town top the four-team Group G table with seven points from three games at the halfway point of the round robin, with the top two sides progressing to the knockout stages.

“When we came in at half time, I was pleased. I thought we looked good in and out of possession and had good structure, and probably deserved the lead,” Jon told htafc.com.

“We showed spells where we did dominate, and we had a period of 20 minutes in the second half where we conceded. It was positive that we took back control in the last 15 minutes or so and ended the game strongly as we tried to push for the win.”

The game was streamed live on HTTV and over 300 watched live at the Northumberland FA ground, and Jon explained how important the Premier League Cup is for the development of the young players.

“We try to put the pressure on in these games to give the players experiences. You can never replicate playing in the Championship for the First Team, but we try to create these pressure situations as much as possible.

“This group is full of really good characters, and I don’t think any of them fail that test.”

He continued:

“It’s been a great start (to the group stage).

“When you come to places like Newcastle, it is going to be a difficult game; they are not going to let you dominate for 90 minutes. They have some top players and are a good, strong team, so it’s always going to be a challenge.

“Of course, on the back of some good results, you come into these games really positively. That’s the right mindset because we have a strong group ourselves.”

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