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Sinclair credits comeback win

14 February 2023

Academy

Sinclair credits comeback win

14 February 2023

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Professional development phase coach Frank Sinclair found his side’s comeback win against Huddersfield Town pleasing at the Hoober Homes Elite Performance Centre.

Owen Scattergood, Will Green and Jack Goodman all got on the scoresheet in the last 20 minutes of the game to turn the fixture around after conceding two first half goals.

Sinclair felt his side architected their own downfall in the opening period but thinks justice was served at full time also.

He said: “I’m really pleased with the result and I think the players showed a lot of character to come back from where we were.

“We were up against it after Huddersfield's second, but I actually thought from that moment on we just started to play better and better, and we finished the first half really strong.

“The message at the break was to just start as strong as we finished the opening half and I thought we were always going to get opportunities because we could exploit Huddersfield in their off-the-ball game.

“In the second-half we had so many chances and that came from been brave and drawing players out of their zones instead of just crossing the ball to their defenders.

“We did that for the first goal because we made their players have to make decisions and it freed up the space for us to get back into the game and score another two goals.

“I thought we went on to dominate the second half and got what we deserved because of what we did, so it’s really pleasing.”

In the second-half, Sinclair turned to the bench to introduce Scattergood in place of Harry Wood and it paid off as the midfielder got two goal contributions to his name.

He added: “It’s been tough for Scatts because I’ve wanted to use him more in recent weeks but he’s had a knock so I wanted to protect him.

“Against Huddersfiled he was 100% fit and ready to go so when the opportunity to bring him on came about, I thought he could finish the game strongly for us and that’s exactly what he did.

“He got a great goal as well as an assist so credit has to go to him for getting back to full fitness and putting on a great showing against Huddersfield.”

Leading goal scorer Jack Goodman once again got on the scoresheet to claim his 17th success of the season and the youth team manager credited the striker.

“Jack Goodman has been excellent for us this season and he’s just got to carry on what he’s been doing.

“The hardest thing to do is maintaining how well you’re playing when you are having a good run and he trains well every day so he’s giving himself every opportunity to progress as a football player.

“We’re really pleased again with his hard work in that role up front and he gets his just desserts because of what he does for the team as well as the goals.”


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