Town’s B Team Coach on Premier League Cup progression
- Jon Worthington reviews the B Team’s win over Newcastle United
- Goals from Jaheim Headley & Danny Grant complete victory
- Coach Jon looks ahead to the Premier League Cup knockout stages!
B Team Coach Jon Worthington was proud of the consistency that the Young Terriers have shown to progress to the Premier League Cup knockout stages following tonight’s 2-0 win over Newcastle United.
Goals from Jaheim Headley and Danny Grant secured the victory at the John Smith’s Stadium and completed an unbeaten record in the group, with five wins and one draw against Newcastle United, Watford and Birmingham City.
Despite the comfortable win over the Magpies, Jon believes his side are capable of much more.
“Obviously it was important to get the result and top the group – that sets us up nicely moving forward. That was the objective at the beginning of the game,” said Jon.
“I wanted a performance as well and at times I got that, but probably not consistently throughout the game. I thought we tried to stick to our principles – we were aggressive out of possession and tried to be on the front foot, and we were brave to get on the ball and tried to play. Sometimes, however, in little moments, the decision-making wasn’t quite there.”
The last two wins – tonight’s, and the recent 3-0 win at Watford – have come after many of the B Team players were sent into the EFL on loan during the January window, with others coming in and taking their chance.
‘Worthy’ continued: “That’s been really pleasing and shows that we have a really strong core group of players. When they are called on and asked to step up, all of them have done well. That stands us in good stead.
“They’ve not been one-off results, or fluke performances. As a Club and an Academy, the performances have been what we expect given what we see from the lads day in and day out in training. It’s been good that we’ve had a league format, and that we’ve shown that consistency over six games. Across all those, we’ve been very dominant.”
Next up in this competition for the Young Terriers is the first knockout game, which will be on home soil against Group H runners-up Stoke City – an occasion that Jon is sure the players will look forward to.
“I’m sure they’ll be relishing it! It’s great to have games at the John Smith’s Stadium and to have the competition – it adds an extra edge to it. I’m sure it’s a challenge that all the lads are looking forward to.”
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