Striker Harry Bunn paid tribute to Mark Lillis and the coaching staff for the gameplan which brought Huddersfield Town’s 2-1 win at Reading.
The 21-year-old netted his first senior goal for the club after Jacob Butterfield had given Town the lead at the Madejski Stadium and felt the team set-up was spot on.
Stand-in boss Lillis outwitted his old Scunthorpe colleague and friend Nigel Adkins with a 4-1-4-1 formation to bring a first Championship win of the campaign ahead of Saturday’s home meeting with fourth-placed Charlton.
“The whole team was fantastic – it was a group effort – and we owe that to ‘Lills’ and the coaching staff,” said Bunn, who made his first league start in almost two years, since he was on loan to Crewe from Manchester City in September 2012.
“They gave us a gameplan and we pretty much nailed it.
“When defending we had five across midfield to try and stop them playing. Obviously they are a good team at home and will probably finish quite high in the League. The gameplan was spot on – the boys did well.
“We got the three points and hopefully that will kick-start our season.”
Bunn was delighted with his performance – he showed strength to shake off his marker before drilling the ball past Australian keeper Adam Federici – especially as he had specific defensive duties and, according to fans in Town’s travelling contingent of 481, he ran his socks off.
“My natural game is to get forward, so I need to thank ‘Dicko’ (Paul Dixon), who kept reminding me to get back!” he smiled.
“It was nice to get the goal, but you need to work hard when you come to places like this (Reading) and play very good teams. They have two very attacking full backs, so as a wide man you need to get back.
“This would have been a great result at any stage of the season, but it is particularly now given our difficult start to the season. I think we needed the three points.”
So will Bunn face Charlton?
“Hopefully I’ll be in the team on Saturday, because I thought I did all right,” he said.
“I’d love to get another start. Mark Lillis really showed faith in me in putting me in and it’s been nice to repay that. We’ll be confident going into Saturday’s game against another decent side in Charlton.”