Frankie Bunn would rather not play the waiting game with his in-form Huddersfield Town Under 21 side.
His charges aren’t in action again until a week on Monday, December 21, when they chase a 12th straight win at the expense of Barnsley in the Professional Development League II North, which they top.
And they won’t find out their Under 21 Premier League Cup second-round hosts until Wednesday, January 6, when Southampton face Chelsea.
Town made it through the first round with a 2-1 victory over Middlesbrough at the John Smith’s Stadium .
They trailed to a Harrison Chapman goal before skipper Joe Wilkinson and Jack Boyle turned the tie Town’s way.
“I don’t think we were sparkling. Some of the play in the first half was okay, but I was disappointed because I know we can pass the ball a lot better,” said senior development coach and former Hull City and Oldham Athletic striker Bunn.
“But we’re a fit team, and I think that showed, and we dug in and kept at it, which is important.
“They stifled us a touch by setting off on the halfway line and looking to press us from there onwards.
“It’s not often our boys come up against that, but in the Championship it will happen and you have to figure out a way to get around it.
“And after going behind, we had the character to bounce back and then go on and win it.
“I thought our confidence came back after we scored the second one and we stepped on the gas a little bit.”
Bunn added: “When you are in a rich vein of form, you want the games to keep coming and we don’t have another until Barnsley (at the John Smith’s Stadium). And either Chelsea or Southampton away in the next round of the cup will be a tough one.
“But it’s great that the boys get to play against Premier League opposition.”
Town’s Under 18 PDL II North derby at Leeds United has been postponed, providing a break before Wednesday’s FA Youth Cup third-round tie against Chelsea.
The game takes place at National League Aldershot’s EBB Stadium with a 7.05 kick-off.
It’s the second season running Town have been drawn against the young Blues, who have reached the last four finals and won three of them.
Town were beaten 6-1 by Chelsea at Aldershot in the fourth round last season after a 2-0 home win over Crystal Palace in round three.
Tony Carss’ side are unbeaten in five and drew 2-2 with PDL II North leaders Nottingham Forest last Saturday.