Halsall aware of Liverpool threat
- Fri 18 Nov 2011, 12:11PM
- Posted by Emily Brobyn
City Academy goalkeeper Tom Halsall believes the visit of Liverpool to Platt Lane on Saturday will pose a tough test for the young Blues.
Halsall has featured for the Under 18s and the Next Gen Series squad this season, playing in the 2-1 defeat to Celtic recently.
It’s been an impressive season so far for Adam Sadler’s side with the Blues joint top of the Barclays Premier Academy League with Wolves, with a third of the season complete.
Halsall knows Liverpool will pose serious threat this weekend, despite the Reds being beatenby Bolton at home in their last game .
“It will be a tough match no doubt,” acknowledged the 18-year-old custodian.
“We know they are physically very big and a good passing side so we know what to expect. Everybody is just training really hard and looking forward to continuing our good form. We’ve been working a lot on shape and possession recently to enable us to improve.
“I think it’ll be a good test for us against Liverpool and a chance to really show our character and see how we perform against the physically bigger teams.
“But we’re doing well and we’ve had good players coming through. Jordi Hiwula is a prime example. He has progressed game on game and done really well up front. I think he will be a major threat for us on Saturday.”
Halsall was part of the starting XI that ran out 4-2 winners against Everton at Finch Farm last Saturday and although City conceded two goals in the second half, he credits the character the Blues showed throughout the 90 minutes and the standard of the football the team produced.
“I think we started off really well,” he said. “We played some decent stuff in the first half, created lots of chances and played some very good football.
“We took the lead early on with a goal from Greg Leigh and I think it was a solid performance overall. Even when we Everton came back into the game at 3-2, we still had the character to bounce back and score a fourth goal to relieve the pressure in the last few minutes.
We were all a bit nervous at that point but we showed determination and mental strength to get the game sealed up
“Personally, I know I’ve improved a lot since I started full-time here, but that’s through the help of the other lads and the coaches. They’ve given me the confidence to move on and to learn.
“As for the squad, I think we can finish top at the end of the season. We’ve gelled together and we all get on well. There is confidence throughout the squad and a great team spirit that will help us with our development and I truly believe we can only get better.”