BREAKING NEWS: Huddersfield Town player verdicts as clinical showing produces win in Stockport County friendly

Huddersfield Town player verdicts as clinical showing produces win in Stockport County friendly

Neil Warnock’s side made the short trip across to Edgeley Park to take on the defeated League Two play-off finalists in the latest of their summer exhibition games

Lee Nicholls – Got caught out by a cross from deep only for the resultant goal to be ruled out for offside.

Matty Pearson – As reliable as we have come to expect on the right of the back three.

Michal Helik – Got away with a loose first-half pass that allowed Stockport to get in one-on-one with Nicholls and score only to be called offside.

 

Josh Ruffels – Very strong and composed showing as the left-sided centre-back in Huddersfield Town’s back three – possibly the best player on the pitch first half.

Sorba Thomas – Showed good defensive awareness on a couple of occasions to snuff out potential threats and provided a couple of inviting crosses.

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David Kasumu – Combative as ever. Offered a useful option out wide by drifting wide a few times.

Rarmani Edmonds-Green – Played so deep in the midfield as to make it practically a back four at times, which in fairness may very well have been the intention.

Jack Rudoni – More noteworthy for his work off the ball that on it for much of the game, yet his effective pressing produced a goal as he won a tackle before immediately releasing Josh Koroma to score Town’s second, and he finished well off a good run for the third.

Jaheim Headley – Probably would have been sanctioned in a competitive game for absolutely clattering into his man on a 50/50 ball early on.

 

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Danny Ward – Opened the scoring after just a few minutes by curling into the far bottom corner from just outside the box.

Josh Koroma – Went close with a couple of chances before finally finding the bottom corner to double Town’s first-half lead.

From 62 minutes:

Chris Maxwell – Came on for his Terriers debut, if it counts (it doesn’t really). Solid between the sticks.

Brodie Spencer – Took over as the right-sided centre-back with Thomas staying on at wing-back.

Loick Ayina – Nice composed work to win the ball and then feed Diarra to start the move for the fourth goal.

Yuta Nakayama – Great to see him back in action and looking in good shape. Smooth and crisp, like when you’ve not had a Dime bar for ages and then go to Ikea and remember they’re brilliant.

Sorba Thomas – The only starter to continue as the whole of the rest of the side was changed just after the hour.

Scott High – Worked hard to drive the ball forward from a deeper-sitting midfield role.

Josh Austerfield – Partnered High as the midfield triangle inverted from the starting line-up to get Brahima Diarra on as an attacking midfielder.

Pat Jones – Got more vital minutes under his belt even if they were in a wing-back role that doesn’t entirely play to his attacking strengths.

Brahima Diarra – Absolutely scintillating as he left three men in his wake before feeding Kyle Hudlin with a brilliantly-spotted and executed through ball. Shooting still erratic, mind.

Kyle Hudlin – Great run to get onto that pass and a lovely finish to the bottom corner.

Kian Harratt – Had a quieter game than some of his prior summer outings but still worked hard to create space for others.

Substitutes not used: Jordan Rhodes.

 

 

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