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Jon Russell outlines trait he’s got that could help Huddersfield Town overcome play-off chaos and Luton Town

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Huddersfield Town enter the cauldron of the Championship play-offs tomorrow night when they lock horns with Luton Town in the first leg of their semi-final.  

Carlos Corberan’s side finished the regular season in third and with four wins on the spin. They are the form team heading into the play-offs.

However, to a certain extent, that goes out of the window in the play-offs.

In League One, Sunderland and Wycombe Wanderers have reached Wembley, overcoming Sheffield Wednesday and MK Dons, despite the table’s reading after 46 games.

Simply, the play-offs are unpredictable and completely different to what’s gone before.

The games are played at a frantic pace and can often become a basketball match of end-to-end football as tension builds.

That’s where Corberan’s ace in the pack comes into things, with Jon Russell able to bring a calmness not many others possess; not just in the way he plays his football but also how he carries himself from day-to-day.

“It’s been me my whole career,” Russell explained to his press conference.

“It used to get confused with laziness.

“The calmness, it’s been me my whole career. I’ve developed it and turned it on and off as well.”

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Heading into the play-offs, then, Russell will be looking to be that calming influence in Corberan’s midfield, pulling the strings and setting the tempo where he sees fit.

The 21-year-old certainly knows his role.

“I’ve got to manage it,” Russell continued.

“Everyone is going to be pumped up so a calmness will be great.

“I feel like my calmness is going to help in getting everybody to chill out if everyone is being erratic and maybe getting yellow cards.

“They can use me to calm everything down a bit and do what we normally do in keeping the ball playing how we normally play.”

It takes a certain type of player and a certain type of character to be able to do that amid the tension of the play-offs.

“It’s hard but I’ll adapt,” Russell concluded, confidently.

“There are different ways I can be calm. It might not be on the ball; it might even be winning a tackle to calm everyone down.

“When someone has won a tackle or been physical, it calms me down a bit.

“There are lots of ways that I can help the players and the team calm things down.”

The next four days will be the acid test of Russell’s composure but, like Huddersfield in general, he’s overcome every hurdle so far in 2021/22.

Next stop: Kenilworth Road.


Alfie is a journalist based in Yorkshire with years of experience covering the EFL. A current focus on Huddersfield Town and their fortunes back in the Championship, but out and about at as many games as possible. Covered Leeds United during their promotion-winning season in 2019/20.

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