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Mat Sadler keen to take positives despite Huddersfield defeat

23 September 2020

Player-Coach Mat Sadler insists that there are plenty of positives to be taken from Tuesday’s 3-2 defeat against Huddersfield Town in the opening game in the Central League.

Despite goals from winger Jack Nolan and striker Jayden John, the development side were unable to pick up any points from their first game of the season.

However, in his first outing as a coach, Sadler was keen to look at the wider picture of the fixture with a number of fringe first teamers getting valuable minutes, including summer signings Hayden White and Jack Rose.

“Of course there are positives we can take from the game,” said Sadler.  

“Reserve team football isn’t necessarily all about picking up results because we have got some very young players out there and we had two trialists for the academy playing as well, both of which did really well for themselves.

“There were some good moments in the game where we saw the likes of Jayden Campbell skipping past people and there was athleticism from Joe Foulkes where he was getting on the overlap.

“In terms of the result, of course that is what everyone sees first but we are looking at the bigger picture with some of the players that were playing out there today.

“Sam Perry and Joe Willis haven’t had any minutes since the Leamington game a month ago, the same goes for Tom Leak, so there are plenty of positives that we can take from the game.

“The lads will go home frustrated from the game mostly from the goals that we have conceded. We were disappointed because we have switched off completely for the first one and then the second one comes from a short corner.

“The disappointment will come from the way we have conceded the goals but the way the lads have applied themselves, the energy they gave and the desire they showed to keep getting themselves back into the game are all very positive signs for us.”


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