STEVE EYRE says Huddersfield Town’s floodlit Under 21 clash with Leicester was a fine advert for the new Professional Development League.
Eyre’s charges, playing at the John Smith’s Stadium as opposed to Canalside for the second time, suffered a first defeat in five as the young Foxes won 2-1.
Jeff Schlupp’s 80th-minute goal settled Monday’s match after Town skipper Jordan Sinnott had cancelled out Martyn Waghorn’s opener.
Town included senior players Ian Bennett, Paul Dixon, Tom Clarke, Murray Wallace and Sean Scannell.
But despite the result, development coach Eyre was pleased with the performance, saying: “We will accept the defeat because of the amount of effort the lads applied.
“For them to be as organised as they were and to show the character they did to come from behind and equalise is a great achievement.
“Both teams worked very hard and it made for a good contest. I got what I wanted from the lads and in the end it came down to a bit of clinical finishing from their experienced frontline.
“Our frontline was lacking experience, but weren’t too far behind in terms of quality and the amount of chances we created.
“I think we needed just a little bit more luck in front of goal. On the balance of play we were always in the game and at times ahead in it.
“This game was a great advert for the Under 21 league. There was a good mixture of seniors and up and coming players and we had a decent crowd in.”
Town’s next Under 21 outing is at Crewe a week today (1.00). The Under 18s are at home to Crewe in the FA Premier Academy League on Saturday (11.00).
Mark Lillis’s team have won three out of their last four games, defeating Coventry, Barnsley and Leicester.