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JON RUSSELL: IT WAS WELL-DESERVED

8 October 2021

Midfielder bagged brace in Premier League Cup

- Jon Russell delighted to be on the scoresheet
- Midfielder put two past Watford
- Young Terrier on his time at Town so far

B Team midfielder Jon Russell was delighted with the Young Terriers’ display as his two goals helped Town to a 6-0 success over Watford Under-23s in the Premier League Cup.

All six strikes came in a ruthless first-half period at the John Smith’s Stadium before the B Team produced a professional final period to ensure a deserved clean sheet.

And, with Russell playing in a more advanced position on the left, the 20-year-old explained how the side can perform to that standard due to their preparation.

“I am happy with the performance and with how the team played and I was lucky to get two goals from good positions, so it was a great performance.

“I would say that I did well today; it felt a little bit different with the ‘number 11’ shirt on – it was my first time in that position – but I was happy with it, and it felt good.

“We started sharp, and it was well deserved and, as a team, we played really well, and we were happy with the performance.

“We are definitely capable of being ruthless that’s for sure, and we just need to keep going and keep at it and just keep improving as a team.

“In training, we do our best and we keep pushing to improve our game to perfection, so I think that just helped us all together.”

Russell joined the B Team in the summer after a 13-year stint with Premier League side Chelsea.

The burly midfielder explained how the move has helped him improve, as well as his goal of getting into the First Team this season.

“I am enjoying it,” expressed Russell.

“I like it here and it is pushing me to be a better player, so it is helping to improve myself.

“I have found it similar [to my time with Chelsea], but everyone is at it, which is very important.

“We have done some more individual work and we get to do a lot by ourselves, which gives us a lot of responsibility.

“I now have aspirations to make my debut in the First Team and try to constantly be in and around them, so this is one of my aims to get in there.”

B Team Coach Jon Worthington also commented on Russell’s progression, as he explained that the midfielder has been getting a taste of First Team training.

“Jon has been with us all week,” added Worthy.

“He’s a player who has crossover between the B Team and First Team training, and the training and coaching he’s getting with the first team is fantastic, which is undoubtedly developing him.

“I think there’s also a lot that he’s taking from the B Team sessions too, and these games where it’s allowing him to get some minutes as well.”


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