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PAT JONES ON HIS RETURN FROM INJURY

8 February 2023

Interviews

PAT JONES ON HIS RETURN FROM INJURY

8 February 2023

Pat Jones spoke after the B Team were knocked out of the Premier League Cup

- Huddersfield Town B 1-4 Blackburn Rovers
- Pat Jones discusses first game back after injury
- The attacker scored in his first game back

On his first game back from injury, Pat Jones scored after coming off the bench as we exited the Premier league Cup at the hands of a very strong Blackburn Rovers side.

Town forward Pat Jones was pleased to mark his comeback from injury with a goal in the B Team’s Premier League Cup exit to Blackburn Rovers on Tuesday night.

Jones played a planned 30 minutes as he made his welcomed return from a lengthy spell on the sidelines, scoring a late consolation goal with a well-taken finish.

The 19-year-old spoke about the challenging time that he faced whilst being out injured after breaking into the first-team picture earlier on in the campaign.

“It’s good to be back,” he said. “I felt a little bit rusty and that was to be expected, but I am just happy to come through it unscathed and get half an hour under my belt.

“Physically, I felt good after around four months, and I wasn’t blowing too much, and I know that sharpness will come back with more gametime.

“To score was nice but it wasn’t the most important thing today, it was about getting through those 30 minutes after having so many setbacks and just playing a game of football again.

“It has probably been the most difficult period of my career so far because of having that taste of first-team football at the start of the season and it almost felt like it was getting snatched away from me and I felt like I was getting a bit of momentum in my career and then it was stop-start again.

“Life sometimes has a way of biting you on the backside when you’re doing really well, so it has been frustrating but it’s hopefully behind me now and I can get on with the rest of the season.

“I want to try and get back into the first team and help us try and battle away from relegation, but I also must remember the time that I have been out for and that probably means taking things a little bit slower.

“Just being fit again and playing football makes me happy enough, but I am sure I will get to a point again where I want to kick on and get on with it.”

Town competed well in spells against Rovers on Tuesday night, but the experienced visitors scored at key times and in quick succession to sink the Young Terriers 4-1 at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Jones believes that the way that Blackburn took the game away from his side was the most disappointing aspect of the defeat.

He added: “I got it on the edge of the box, and I just shifted it and finished it – it was similar to most of the goals that I have scored – and hopefully I showed a little glimpse of what I can do, especially after being out for so long.

“I thought for periods we did okay. A lot of their team were senior lads and I think that showed at times in the difference in the speed of play and it was a good challenge to get the exposure of playing against lads from the Championship, but I feel like we could have given it a better account of ourselves.

“I think we’re mostly disappointed with conceding four goals and had we conceded less and still competed the way that we did, then we would have probably come away with our heads up thinking that we had given it a good go.”


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