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A look back at Saturday's EFL Youth Alliance action

15 February 2021

Northampton Town  ‎Lead Youth Development Phase Coach Shane Goddard says the Under 18s ‘should have won’ when they drew 1-1 at home to Luton Town in the EFL Youth Alliance League South East on Saturday.

Goddard took charge of the youth team in Jon Brady’s absence.

Speaking after the match, he said: “We had numerous entries into the attacking third but we just weren’t clinical enough.

“To be fair to their keeper, he pulled off numerous world-class saves.
“I can’t take that away from the boys, it was an okay performance and there’s things we can improve.

“Defensively, we were loose in transition at times and a bit open.

“In hindsight, it’s a fair result but we’re frustrated that we haven’t taken three points from the game.”

When asked about the changes around the club in the last few days, Goddard added: “It’s a great opportunity for me from a coaching aspect, but the focus is on the players.

“I’m passionate about developing and progressing them.

“The boys’ week has been disrupted, but they’ve coped well.

“There’s always an impact when you have different staff around, but I’ve known most of these boys since they joined the club.

“I don’t think there was too much of an impact and I can’t fault them.

“They’ve worked hard, they’ve trained well and they should have won the game.”

The youth team remain in fifth place after their draw. They host eighth-placed Milton Keynes Dons on Saturday. Their opponents won 1-0 in the reverse fixture early in the season.

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