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POYA ASBAGHI ON YORKSHIRE DERBY

2 December 2021

The Head Coach reflected on a number of topics, ahead of the weekend's clash with Huddersfield Town.

ON TRAINING THIS WEEK

“It’s felt good, a full week where we were more able to concentrate on improving our game model, our identity and each player’s roles within that. 

“Earlier in the week, it was less about our next opponent and more about what we want to do, what we want to be in general. But the later the week has gone on, the more we’ve talked about Huddersfield. 

“I feel this week has helped us a lot. It was an important week, and I look forward to more of these weeks as well. We think it’s given us a lot, and hopefully we can show some of that in our next game.”

PLAYERS RETURNING

“Aaron Leya Iseka and Callum Brittain have both trained with us, so the ambition of course is that they are both going to be in the squad this weekend. 

“Aapo Halme’s recovering, his rehab is going well. So hopefully it won’t be too long before he’s back in training again.”

LACK OF GOALS

“It’s no secret that we need to improve our offensive work. We need to score more goals. In the last game, I think we were a more compact team, we didn’t concede so many chances which is pleasing and something we must continue with. 

“But for sure we need to mix this with being better in terms of punishing our opponents. 

“That’s the only way we will win games, and so while we’ve taken some steps forward in certain areas, we have to improve in our offensive work also.”

HOW TO IMPROVE

“I think we have to do this as a collective. When we work in the offense as a collective, when you get that right, you’ll create more chances. And the more we create, the better chance we have to score. 

“Confidence is a big thing, and momentum. When footballers score, they gain confidence. So let’s see what happens when we get to that point. Because I have a big hope that our players will gain confidence when things come together.”

ON HUDDERSFIELD

"They are a solid and consistent team. They work well as a unit, they have good structure and they've had a good start to the season.

"We know where they're strong, but we also acknowledge their weaknesses, which we've been working on and it's about taking those advantages now. 

"It's a derby game. It's a game for the fans. We hope to be sending ours home with all of the points on Saturday."


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