Danny Carr was on target for Huddersfield Town’s Under 21s as they went down 4-1 to Mansfield’s first team at PPG Canalside.

Senior Professional Development Coach Frankie Bunn led his new charges for the first time and he commented: “The standard of opposition was good for us.

“We coped quite well in the first half, but when the younger players came on in the second-half we got a little bit overpowered at times. It’s a learning curve for them though – that’s what our pre-season games are for.

“Its early days and people are still finding their feet, but this game has given us a base to build from – that’s what I was looking for.”

With the game level at 1-1 after 45 minutes, the Stags had the better of the second half.

Among those to feature in the game were goalkeepers Lloyd Allinson and Ed Wilczynski; defenders Joe Wilkinson, Joe Wright and William Boyle; midfielders Jordan Sinnott, Sondre Tronstad, Philip Billing, Jake Charles and forwards Carr and Flo Bojaj.

Jonathan Stead and Jake Carroll also played in the game.

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Bunn added: “It doesn’t matter how much running and training you do – you always feel it in your first game. The players got 45 or 70 minutes under their belts, which they will benefit from.

“The pre-season games are an important part of our preparations, as they are the only way that you can get back into a routine on the pitch in terms of which positions to take up. In training, the distances are sometimes shorter as you’re doing work on smaller-sized pitches.

“It was a learning experience for me too, as you discover what levels of fitness each player is working with; they’re all different. Ultimately, towards the start of the League season, they all have to be at the level that’s required to hit the ground running.”

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