Huddersfield Town's young guns are making exactly the right sort of progress to press for stamps of approval in the Championship.
That’s the message from manager Mark Robins, who watched Duane Holmes, Harry Bunn, Oliver Norwood and Jake Charles confirm a 4-1 friendly victory at Guiseley, who were captained by former John Smith’s favourite Andy Holdsworth.
Bunn, Charles, Holmes and Matt Crooks – who played in central defence before moving into midfield – all caught the eye with Philip Billing slotting in nicely alongside Norwood and wing-backs Jake Carroll and Jordan Sinnott pushing forward productively.
Only an outstanding performance from Guiseley keeper Steve Drench prevented Town running riot – Martin Paterson was denied on several occasions – while Town skipper Joel Lynch ensured keeper Lloyd Allinson had little to do other than fish the ball out of the net when Adam Boyes grabbed Guiseley’s goal on 63 minutes.
“I thought all the lads that played were excellent, they put in a good shift, ran well and passed the ball well,” said Robins, who was missing Anthony Gerrard (calf), Oscar Gobern (toe), Danny Ward (hamstring) and Sean Scannell (groin).
“We moved the ball, created our chances and took some really good ones.
“There was some good finishing and some wasted opportunities, but that is pre-season for you. Hopefully we can get that flow going, but I’m generally pleased with how things are progressing.”
Robins believes the ‘one club’ mentality is really starting to show through, and he hopes Town will reap the benefits of having all the age groups based together at PPG Canalside.
“The young lads were very good and their ability was there for everyone to see (at Guiseley),” he said.
“You can see there is an ethos and way of doing things running throughout the club now. It’s taken us 12 months but there is a ‘one club’ mentality and vision and the senior players should be mentors for the younger players coming through. We have some good lads here, without a shadow of a doubt, good players who are also good human beings as well and are prepared to help their mates.
“We’ve got very talented individuals here in the attacking third of the pitch who can stick the ball in the net – it’s when we don’t have the ball we have to be better. We have to win it back as quickly as possible, otherwise it can end up in the back of your own net.”
Town’s Under 21s visit Radcliffe Borough on Friday night while the senior squad are at Scunthorpe on Saturday before travelling to Sheffield United next Tuesday.
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