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Bailey Praise For Young U's

FA Youth Cup win pleases Coach

31 October 2019

Liam Bailey has praised his youngsters after the 2-1 win at Northampton Town

It was a good night's work for the U's Youth Team, winning the First Round tie 2-1 on Wednesday night.

Bailey was pleased with how the youngsters went about the game.

He told the official website: "It was a really pleasing performance from the team from start to finish."

"We went with a plan of how were going to win the game and the lads executed it very well.

"I always felt we were in control from the off and we nullified what Northampton had to offer and played some really good football when in possession.

"We challenged the players to be brave in possession and rise to the challenge of the First Round of the FA Youth Cup which they did well.

"As said before, I felt we were in control first half, we created some good chances with Jake Hutchinson hitting the bar from a header and we had a lot of good play down the right hand side from Diogo Freitas-Gouveia and Lordon Akolbire."

Despite having the better of things in that first half, the score remained goalless, and Bailey did want more from his side in the second period.

"At half time, we challenged the boys to pick up the tempo of our play and speed things up a little more when in possession and we did this when taking the lead deservedly through Diogo Freitas-Gouveia.

"We added a second quite quickly through some really good play and a great cross from Diogo into Jake Hutchinson who finished well.

"From then on, we remained in control before Northampton pulled a goal back in added time which led to a little bit of a nervous finish from the lads - but we got through it."

Summing the night up, the youth coach said: "All round, a very pleasing evening and some good performances all round."

In the Second Round, the U's will play the winner of next week's Reading City Vs Oxford United clash.

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