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SHANE GODDARD PLEASED WITH YOUTH TEAM'S PERFORMANCE

Reaction to Tuesday's EFL Youth Alliance fixture

26 October 2022

Academy

SHANE GODDARD PLEASED WITH YOUTH TEAM'S PERFORMANCE

Reaction to Tuesday's EFL Youth Alliance fixture

26 October 2022

Northampton Town Under 18s coach Shane Goddard was in a positive mood after his side lost 3-1 at home to Luton Town in the EFL Youth Alliance League South East on Tuesday.

The young Cobblers were on top for large periods against the league leaders, who have won all their games this season.

Goddard believes his side more than matched their opponents.

“We were well in the game and pushed them to a point they’ve probably not been pushed to this season,” he said.

“I spoke to Macca (Alan McCormack) afterwards and he said we caused them more problems than anyone else has.

“They had better chances in the first half and it was about staying in the game and being hard to beat at times.

“Then we dominated the first 20 minutes of the second half and got back into it.

“We had some clear openings after that but we needed better decision-making and more desire to score in those moments.

“We tired towards the end, but I can’t ask for any more than what the boys have put in.

“It’s a difficult one to take because we know we’ve been competitive and it was a good performance.”

The youth team travel to AFC Wimbledon in the league on Saturday before taking on Peterborough United in the FA Youth Cup first round proper on Tuesday.

Goddard is challenging his side to put in more positive performances.

“Big games are what the boys are in this industry for, they want to play in them,” he added.

“We know that Wimbledon will be a test and our focus is to perform well against them.

“We’ll make sure we prepare correctly and are at our best.”

 

 


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