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U23 | ELKAN ON STRONG FORM

24 February 2022

"We did well to stick at it and grind through that first half, but second half we showed our quality"

Elkan Baggott spoke to the Club website following Town U23s' 3-0 win over Watford earlier this week.

Three points in their latest Professional Development League Two fixture means Kieron Dyer's side have now won their last five outings, and are unbeaten in their last eight.

Kieron Dyer’s young squad found themselves one up at half-time against the Hornets, owing to a goal from Cameron Stewart before, being able to take advantage of the slightly improved weather in the second half, as Stewart secured his brace before Tyreece Simpson netted to cap off a 3-0 win.

Playing as part of a back three, Elkan went close to scoring himself at Playford Road as well as grabbing the assist for Stewart's second of the afternoon.

"It was a challenging match," said Elkan, who skippered the young Blues.

"I think those were probably the toughest conditions that we’ve played in. I said to myself before the coin toss that we should factor in the wind. We did well to stick at it and grind through that first half, but in the second half we showed our quality.

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"I think we dominated. They didn’t have too much, and the third goal we scored was first-class. The ball was straight through their backline, and it was a great finish by Ty [Simpson]. We got through the weather and finished the game off in style.

"We’re always looking to be a threat from set pieces, we always try to get our head on things, and I try to use my physicality. It’s something that came off today. I got an assist and Cam [Stewart] scored twice."

With the young Blues back in action on Monday as Swansea visit Playford Road, Elkan said that the focus is on maintaining their strong form and kicking on from now until the end of the season.

"It was quite a slow start to the campaign," he added. "We’ve got a hold of ourselves now, though, and we’ll just push for a play-off position. 

"Additionally, we probably have the best coaches there are in the league. Their combined experience and game management have really helped us.

"Obviously Kieron [Dyer] was a quality player, and in terms of attacking play and quickness he’s brilliant.

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“Before every game, we go out there and know what to expect. That comes from everyone working hard, including our analyst [Adam Cuthbert] and the team. Our fitness coach [Nathan Griffith] has also made us stronger, and we have out run every team this season."

Much like the Town first-team, the U23s are also beginning to create a good defensive run of clean sheets to go alongside their own impressive unbeaten record.

"It’s something that we are looking to copy off the first-team. They’re playing three at the back, and so are we," Elkan continued.

"We look at how they are playing defensively, and they are doing an unbelievable job at the back. We just look to try and replicate it."

Town’s U23s are back in PLD2 action on Monday, 28 February, facing up to Swansea City at Playford Road.

Town U23s are sponsored by CNet Training.

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