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McSheffrey delighted with comeback

19 September 2021

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Gary McSheffrey has praised the character of his U18s squad who came from two goals down to earn a point away at Huddersfield.

Jack Goodman’s second half brace gave the U18s a point on the road.

On his sides efforts:

“We started on the front foot with a good press. Early doors we missed a big chance. Jack Goodman could have put us 1-0 up with a header at the back post. If we had led at that point it could have been a comfortable day.

“We were superb on the front font at that point and had them on the ropes. We got the first goal back which was finished well by Jack Goodman.

“Will Hollings was superb in midfield and he would have comfortably got in their team today. He just needs a bit more work on his end product as he could have got a few from midfield today. But his delivery, his drive and passing was really good.

“We were robust and we limited them to one chance in open play and they scored from a free kick. We still had the biggest chances of the game. The response from being 2-0 down was excellent. We probably should have come away from the game having scored six or seven so that’s the big challenge to be more ruthless with our end product.”

On Huddersfield:

“Huddersfield are good technically in possession. It’s a level I want us to reach. So we would be comfortable on the ball with technicians in there who can move the ball well.

“They did not really hurt us. We limited them to one good chance and we knew they had a dead ball specialist. We gave a cheap free kick away from a corner and that gave their set piece specialist the chance to put the ball away well.

“We switched off defending their corner and it’s a cross which has gone over our goalkeepers head and into the net.”

On Jack Goodman’s performance:

“I’m delighted for Jack because I challenged him at half-time. I didn’t think his work rate was to his standard in the first-half.

“Fair play to him he has gone out there and answered me with two great goals and got us a point out of the game.

“He could have had four and I’ve told him after the game be happy you’ve got two, but be annoyed you missed out on two sitters.”


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