Hatrlepool Utd youth team coach frustrated by cup exit to Huddersfield Town

Youth Team manager John Hewitson looking on during the youth cup loss at the hands of Huddersfield Town. Picture by FRANK REID

Youth Team manager John Hewitson looking on during the youth cup loss at the hands of Huddersfield Town. Picture by FRANK REID

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JOHN Hewitson admits that Hartlepool United’s youth team were beaten by the better side last night.

In the FA Youth Cup third round game against Huddersfield Town at Victoria Park, Hewitson’s side were defeated 3-0 by the Terriers.

The visitors took the lead with just three minutes on the clock and by half-time had wrapped up the game with their three-goal advantage.

All goals were preventable, Kedesh Goddard’s opener on the back of a poor clearance, Joe Wilkinson punishing Mark Foden when the keeper spilled the ball and man of the match Duance Holmes’s 25-yard hit exploiting space around him.

Pools never looked like fashioning a chance to claw themselves back into the game, much to Hewitson’s frustration.

“To concede after a minute set the tone and really gave them the momentum for the match,” the head of youth told SportMail.

“They then got their second after a handling error.

“Then for their third we should have defended better.

“He shouldn’t be allowed to have that much time and space in that area where he picked it up and scored from.

“When your team gets goals it gives you masses of confidence and we couldn’t dig ourselves out of a very, very deep hole.

“They were the better team and had some better players than us so credit to them.”

It had been hoped that with a starting XI containing Luke James and the exciting talent Zak Boagey up front, Pools would put Huddersfield’s defence under pressure.

No such thing was to materialise, though, leaving Hewitson to say: “It was a positive that we didn’t concede in the second half.

“Our general play did get a little bit better but I think the game was unfortunately over in the first half.

“If we had got an early goal in the second half you never know, we could have kicked on.

“We looked uncomfortable on the ball, especially at the back.

“I wanted them to try to play through the units but our delivery into the forwards just wasn’t good enough.

“Luke grafed his socks off but the quality of balls into him just wasn’t good enough.

“As the game wore on we went into a hit and hope sort of attitude where we hoped that something would happen rather than keeping the play structured.”