Huddersfield Town B Team goalkeeper Michael Roxburgh explained how important it was to remain concentrated throughout the game as the Young Terriers thrashed a young Walsall Development side 7-0 at Canalside.
Roxburgh made several good saves to preserve Town’s clean sheet whilst their attacking arsenal ran riot. And the young goalkeeper believes he put in a good display in between the sticks.
“It is really important to remain focused because as a ‘keeper in those types of games, you don’t really do much, so I made sure to keep concentrated,” he said.
“I knew my time would come and that I would be called into action because you never play a game where you do nothing - you will always be involved at least a couple of times, as people can sometimes switch off.
“I thought I played well and had a good game. The first save at the start made me set like a stone with my performance.
“It was the first time that I have played for the B Team in ages – plus I am out on loan at the moment – so I needed to show what my potential is and how I play.
“I was buzzing to get a clean sheet – my first one of the season.
“I thought we played well as a team and the objective was to just win. We dug in and maintained our professionalism and concentration.
“We did well with winning our duels and we never gave up or panicked - we played how we normally play, and we got our rewards after having a lot of corners at the start.”
Town have several players gaining valuable experience out on loan, with Roxburgh currently enjoying a beneficial temporary switch to EBAC Northern League Division One side Northallerton Town.
The 18-year-old expressed the importance of young players going out on loan, as well as explaining how he is enjoying his time at the Calvert Stadium.
Roxburgh added: “It has been great to be fair. You meet different people, experience different changing rooms, and there are fans behind you giving you a bit of chitter-chatter.
“I have enjoyed going into men’s football as it has allowed me to get stuck in, which is part of my development with coming for crosses and the physical aspect of it.
“It is very important for the lad’s development to get used to that type of football to get towards the level of football that you want to play at because you’re getting kicked and getting bullied, but you must get used to the aspects of that.”