Two ex-Premier League strikers help Huddersfield to 3-1 victory.Our second-string were consigned to a second defeat inside seven days, as they succumbed to a 3-1 loss against a vastly more experienced Huddersfield Town in the Final Third Development League Cup this afternoon.
Jon Stead, who made 86 appearances in the Premier League earlier in his career, got the match-winning goals for the Terriers – scoring twice in relatively quick succession in the second half either side of a splendid 30-yard free-kick into the bottom-right corner by Alex Fisher.
Northern Ireland star Martin Paterson, who himself has top-flight experience from a previous spell at Burnley, also found the target for the hosts – netting the opener midway through the first half, with a close-range finish following a low ball through the six-yard box by Scotland international Paul Dixon.
Other notable players who featured for Huddersfield included Anthony Gerrard, who has 178 second-tier appearances to his name and is the cousin of Liverpool star, Steven, ex-Southampton trainee Oscar Gobern, and exciting midfielder Danny Ward.
By contrast, the Stags sent a youthful squad to West Yorkshire, with two members of our youth set-up – Adam Bishop and Conor Green – both completing a full 90 minutes, whilst Anthony Dwyer and Chris Spencer also featured.
There were two trialists at centre-back for us, whilst others to get a run-out were Liam Marsden, Simon Heslop, Jack Thomas, Reggie Lambe and Ollie Palmer.
First team coach Richard Cooper said afterwards: “Huddersfield put out a very strong team due to them not having a game for a few weeks because of the international break, but I thought we competed very well.”
He added: “Young [goalkeeper] Adam Bishop made some good saves, but everyone worked hard and it was a good work-out.”
The defeat means we remain bottom in our FTD League Cup group, with matches still to come against Rotherham United and Doncaster Rovers.
Team: Bishop, Marsden, Trialist, Trialist, Green, Heslop, Thomas, Dwyer (Spencer), Lambe, Palmer, Fisher.