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29 March 2021

“Overall I’m pleased for the lads and pleased that we got the job done and progressed, but yes we want to play better”

Town U18s manager, Adem Atay, was pleased with the result against Swindon in the FA Youth Cup on Saturday, but admitted his side will be keen to play better in the next round when they face either Swansea or Middlesbrough.

The young Blues came from behind to beat Swindon 3-1 in the fourth round, and will travel to either Swansea or Middlesbrough, who face each other on Friday, in the fifth round.

“It was a good result and we were pleased with the outcome although not too pleased with the performance to be honest,” Adem told the Club website.

“All respect to Swindon because they made it a great game and we went a goal behind. The lads dealt with the adversity, though, and continued to create chances. There was an injury to Zanda Siziba so we were forced into that change at half-time but again we dealt with it well.

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“We weren’t pleased with how we controlled the game in the second half albeit we did score two goals. That’s part of the learning curve though, the fact that we got into the next round but we know we can do better.”

“The nice thing about all three goals is that they were different. For the first goal we had some good movement down the right side with our full-back making a 60-yard dash upfield. That gave us the width to get in behind and Edwin [Agbaje] then produced a good finish.

“The second goal we tried a short corner which didn’t come off but we then managed to get a good ball in and Ola [Bello] flicked in well. He got injured in the process so had to come off 10 minutes later which was a shame.

“The third was another good header. One thing we certainly have in our line-up is players willing to go and head the ball. Albie [Armin] had been scoring some good goals in training and he popped up with another good one in the game. Credit to the lads because they were very dangerous from set pieces.

“Overall I’m pleased for the lads and pleased that we got the job done and progressed, but yes we want to play better.”

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Pics: 1) Fraser Alexander, 2) Edwin Agbaje

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