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SHANE GODDARD DISAPPOINTED BY LUTON LOSS

Reaction to the weekend's EFL Youth Alliance action

9 January 2023

Academy

SHANE GODDARD DISAPPOINTED BY LUTON LOSS

Reaction to the weekend's EFL Youth Alliance action

9 January 2023

Northampton Town Under 18s coach Shane Goddard was disappointed with his side’s 5-1 defeat away to Luton Town in the EFL Youth Alliance League South East on Saturday.

The young Cobblers began 2023 with a loss to the top-of-the-table Hatters, who have only failed to win one league game since the start of the season.

Goddard believes his team are able to perform much better than they did at the weekend.

“Luton are a good side but I don’t think we were anywhere near where we can be,” he said.

“Perhaps we were a little rusty after the Christmas break.

“We had moments, particularly when we got it back to 2-1 - it was an excellent piece of work from Jam on the counter-attack.

“Ultimately, Luton were the better team, and we’ve got to dust ourselves down and go again next week at home to Southend United.”

Four youth team players have been loaned out in recent weeks, Dylan Hill (Wellingborough Town), Josh Tomlinson (Harborough Town), James Dadge (St. Ives Town) and Ayo Lekuti (Bromsgrove Sporting).

And Goddard thinks the players that are loaned out will benefit from playing for their temporary clubs.

“We’re entering a new phase of the season with some second years going out on loan at various levels of senior football,” he added.

“That will give the Under 17s and 16s opportunities until the end of the season.

“It allows our ideas and principles to be embedded ahead of next season, and we feel it’s the best thing for the second years to go out and experience senior football.”


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