Huddersfield Town midfielder Lewis O’Brien has been quick to heap praise on teammate Jonathan Hogg as they play their parts in the club’s revival under Danny Cowley.
The pair have featured in all eight of Danny Cowley’s games in charge of the Terriers and who are now unbeaten in six following Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Barnsley.
Lewis O’Brien who spent the 2018-19 season on-loan at Bradford City making 40 appearances for the Bantams has seen himself break into the Huddersfield Town first team and become a regular this term.
The Town academy graduate who considers himself a box-to-box midfielder has mainly been paired up with fellow midfielder and former Watford man Jonathan Hogg.
Despite playing a pivotal role in Town’s second goal, O’Brien was pleased to see Hogg receive the Man of the Match award ahead of him on Saturday.
Speaking to the Yorkshire Post, O’Brien said: “I am not disappointed at all (in not being man-of-the-match). We all work as hard as each other and battle in the midfield and it is about time that he got one. He deserved it.”
O’Brien who appears to be thriving learning under the experienced Hogg says he doesn’t mind being bossed around by the “general” on the pitch.
Describing Hogg’s presence, O’Brien said: “It is quite scary when he shouts at you! But you need it sometimes, like when I did a bad free-kick and they went on the counter. You need it to reset yourself.”
“You could say it is in a nice way. But when you are on the pitch, it is different to when you are off it. You can get shouted at on the pitch and have a go at each other, but as soon as you are off it, you are friends. It is the best way to do it, but he is a top guy. He is the general.”
O’Brien notes that since the Cowley’s have come in the midfield duo have become more demanding of each other.
Describing this, O’Brien said: “Since they (the Cowley’s) have come in, we have had the tough love and we have been demanding of each other. When you get what you want out on the pitch, it is a great feeling.”
It must be so relieving for Town fans to see the desire and commitment from their team after the sluggish start to the season under Jan Siewert.
Lewis O’Brien is clearly demonstrating his desire to learn and his unselfish commitment to the team as demonstrated in his feelings towards Hogg’s Man of the Match award on Saturday will be pleasing to the Cowley’s.
Supporters will be delighted to see an academy graduate playing an integral role in Town’s revival and will be satisfied he is learning from one of the more experienced heads in the side.
O’Brien is showing his professionalism and as a football fan it is refreshing seeing a younger player happy to learn from an experienced pro.
The two appear to compliment each other well in Town’s midfield and everyone will be hoping this can continue throughout the season.