Huddersfield Town youth coach Tony Carss believes that preparation will be key ahead of Wednesday’s Under 18 Professional Development League II play-off final against QPR at Loftus Road (7.00).
Town, who finished as runners-up in the Northern division behind Leeds go into the game on the back of three successive victories and are unbeaten in seven matches, winning six of them.
They scraped past Charlton on penalties in their semi-final after a 2-2 extra-time draw with Paul Mullin hitting a double in normal time at the Addick’s Sparrows Lane training complex.
Southern division runners-up Rangers sneaked past Leeds 1-0 in the other semi but Carss who is expecting another tough fixture, lauded his players attitude and insisted that they will be ready for the game.
“The players’ work ethic, discipline and attitude have been unbelievable,” said Carss. “We had to work hard at those things during the early stages of the season to get it to how myself, Frankie (Bunn) and (Academy Manager) Mark Lillis wanted it. Everyone has bought into it and it has helped us massively.”
“The players have all developed over the course of the season and some of them have been fantastic. Now we have the chance to finish the season on a real high.”
“We do a lot of research ahead of every game we play. Our analyst Emyr Humphreys does a lot of work with videos to help the lads understand our opponents. As coaches we work on the game-plan on the back of that research.”
“Loftus Road will be a fantastic place to play football and we will be positive in our approach.”