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SHANE GODDARD BELIEVES YOUTH TEAM WILL HAVE LEARNT A LOT FROM FA YOUTH CUP

Reaction to Thursday's FA Youth Cup 2nd round tie

18 November 2022

Academy

SHANE GODDARD BELIEVES YOUTH TEAM WILL HAVE LEARNT A LOT FROM FA YOUTH CUP

Reaction to Thursday's FA Youth Cup 2nd round tie

18 November 2022

Northampton Town Under 18s coach Shane Goddard believes his players will have learned a lot from their 4-1 defeat away to Charlton Athletic in the FA Youth Cup second round on Thursday night

Rico Duggan scored the young Cobblers’ goal against the Addicks, who are third in Group B of the Under-18 Professional Development League.

And Goddard is pleased with the way his side stood up to the challenge their opponents posed.

“We’ve got to be realistic about the levels of the game; they’re a very good side full of very good individuals,” he said.

“We gave it a really good go, we were competitive and we were in the game, but we couldn’t play the football we want to play at times.

“We needed a bit more quality when trying to affect the back-line and get in behind them, because we caused them problems when we had that.”

The Cobblers lost to the same opponents that knocked them out of the competition in the third round last season.

Goddard says his team have improved since the last meeting.

“We’ve got to look at the progress over the last 12 months, and we’ve made massive strides forward,” he added.

“There are some Under 16s who have just started their FA Youth Cup journeys, and what a learning opportunity for them to see how some of their players move and manipulate the ball.

“We knew it was going to be a difficult evening and that we needed to be at our absolute best, but the boys can be really proud of their efforts.

“They represented themselves and the club in a positive way.”

The youth team return to EFL Youth Alliance League South East action at home to Gillingham in a fortnight, three weeks after coming from behind to win the reverse fixture.


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