Defender reviews Stockport County draw
- Brodie Spencer on 1-1 draw against Stockport County
- Defender pleased with B Team’s performance
- Irishman also discusses making Northern Ireland U19 debut
Brodie Spencer believes the Young Terriers deserved their late leveller as Huddersfield Town’s B Team drew 1-1 with Stockport County.
On the balance of play, Town looked the more threatening in possession, but it was the away side who led on 60 minutes before Kian Harratt levelled proceedings in stoppage time.
Speaking after the game, Spencer was pleased with the showing from Town.
“I thought the performance from not only myself, but all the lads was amazing; they showed great character to go until the end.
“Playing against an older and more experienced team shows a lot about us, that we can go out there and we can challenge and put up a fight until the end.
“I think the goal at the end was absolutely deserved and we worked hard for it. I thought we controlled the game for more than 70% of it against an experienced side.
“I think we would have deserved the win, but we needed to work that little bit harder, and we kept pushing and pressing but at times we had to sit off a little bit because of the conditions and the heat.
“I thought man for man we were bigger and better than them, but it comes down to being smarter than our opponents and I think the lads have done brilliantly with the physical battles, so I was pleased with them.”
Spencer performed superbly for the Under-17s last campaign, which has led to a transition that has seen him bypass the Under-19s and go straight into the B Team, where he has continued to flourish.
The defender explained how he has adjusted to the change.
“It is very, very hard but with the work here we do – especially in the gym – you get used to it and if you do stuff in the gym right and take on what the nutritionist tells you, then it just gives you a little boost.
“Pre-season was amazing, and I came back in great shape from what I was before, and I wasn’t trying to get ahead of the lads because they’re a lot older and have a lot more experience than myself and know what those pre-season periods are like.
“But it was just good to be back in with the lads and the levels from last season have stepped up. I believe I have done well with that step up and I have managed to keep up with everyone.”
Spencer has also prospered for his country, making his debut for the Northern Ireland Under-19s last Friday in a 1-0 win over the Faroe Islands.
The 17-year-old emphasised how proud he was to make his first start for his country.
“It was absolutely amazing; what a dream for me.
“Since I was young, one of my main goals was to play for my country and to even do that at an Under-19 level was amazing and an honour every single time I play for them.
“When I do play, I want to put in 100% to show them how committed I am for the country and that every time I step onto the pitch, I will give the best performance I can to get picked for further squads and hopefully, further down the line, for older age groups.
“It was a proud moment for me, my family, and my friends because they know how hard I work, and they know the sacrifices that I have made coming up as a kid, so to get that cap was amazing.
“It was good to see some of those lads in there but having Fallsy (Connor Falls) there helped because he knows how I play and I know how he likes to play, so it makes it a lot easier as we are both comfortable around each other and are very close.”