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DANAHER: EVERYONE IS GUTTED

1 December 2022

Under-19s Coach George Danaher shared his thought at full-time

- Comments from Under-19 Coach George Danaher
- George spoke after the 2-3 loss against Ipswich Town
- Town Youngsters disappointed after FA Youth Cup loss

Under-19 Coach George Danaher was happy with his team’s performance, especially in the first half, despite the loss at the John Smith’s Stadium against Ipswich Town in the FA Youth Cup.

Speaking after the loss at the John Smith’s Stadium, our Under-19 Coach shared his disappointment with htafc.com.

“I think the overall feeling in the dressing room right now is disappointment, especially with the result.

“If you were at the game, you’d understand that the players gave their all, in terms of effort and application but unfortunately, we came up short in the game and everyone is gutted.”

George then spoke about the positives of the game and how well his side played in the first half.

“I thought in the first half we had a lot of control of the game.

“In the second half they obviously stepped it up, which we knew they would, but we wanted to see which of the players would make the best decisions and who could handle the pressure, soak it up and embrace it – and I think some individuals did really well, but unfortunately, we couldn’t hold on in the end.

“I thought we did have moments in the first half where we did have chances to score and even a few moments in the second half.

“But to me that’s football, there are moments you’ve got to try and take, and the best teams take their moments really well and kill the game.

“Unfortunately, we didn’t do that, and Ipswich did, and full credit to them because they performed really well in the second half.”

Danaher discussed how the young side had prepared for the possible outcome of the game going to extra time.

“After our recent games we had done some extra running and extra training just in case it went to extra time, but until you’re in the game it is very difficult to replicate.

“The big one for me is knowing that when the emotions are high and there is a lot of pressure that the players will still make good decisions.”

The young coach finished with how this game will help the youngsters going forward.

“The Youth Cup is not the end goal; the end goal is to make sure the lads can impact the Club and impact the First Team and that we can progress them all the way through.

“This has been an unbelievable experience for the boys, it’s just unfortunate that we weren’t able to progress to the next round.”


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