Kieran O’Regan knows a thing or two about Huddersfield Town and believes David Wagner’s ‘inclusive’ tactics will suit Philip Billing and the club’s other young players.
The former Leeds Road midfielder and Republic of Ireland international – now a respected pundit on BBC Radio Leeds – described the 2-0 win at Nottingham Forest as “an outstanding away performance”.
O’Regan believes the late substitutions were well-judged by the German head coach after Matt Mills’ own goal and Billing’s spectacular first senior strike had put Forest to the sword.
“Dean Whitehead was sent on (88 minutes) and used his experience, while Kyle Dempsey (90+2) brought an energy, worked hard and closed people down,” said O’Regan, noting Martin Cranie was sent on a minute after Dempsey.
“It shows that everyone has a part to play, even if it’s only for three or four minutes, and it’s vital people get on and get into the situation. The coach includes everybody and that’s great to see.”
O’Regan was pleased for Billing but added: “Just a note of caution because Philip is a young lad.
“He will want to be bulking up a little bit, which is part of his development – but on what he showed (against Forest) he has a future.”
Having played 199 matches for the club – including being a stand-in goalkeeper – O’Regan believes Wagner will be looking at every detail of Town’s display ahead of hosting Wolves to eke out any possible improvement.
“I think he will have wanted Town to keep the ball a bit better,” he said.
“You can sit deep and go on the counter attack, but you’ve got to keep the ball better than we did in the second half.
“But he will be delighted with the way they defended.
“Jed Steer had very little to do and people got great blocks in front of him.
“Overall, looking at the performance, I think he (Wagner) would probably just like us to keep the ball a bit better than we did in the second half.”