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Match report: Arsenal U-23s 1-0 Southampton

Southampton Under 23 -

Meadow Park
Premier League 2 - Division One
Premier League 2 - Division One
  Arsenal U23
      
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Arsenal U23
T. John-Jules (44)
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Southampton Under 23

WHAT HAPPENED

http hg7088.comWe kept our first clean sheet of the season as Tyreece John-Jules’ strike gave us a narrow victory against Southampton

Chances were few and far between during the opening exchanges as we tried to break down a stubborn Saints defence.

John-Jules came close with a header inside 10 minutes, before Trae Coyle stung the palms of Tommy Scott with a fierce effort from the edge of the box.

The visitors should have been ahead, arguably against the run of play, when Kazeem Olaigbe whipped an inviting ball towards Harlem Hale, but the winger directed his effort wide.

On the stroke of half time, Ben Cottrell played a perfect ball over the Southampton defence into the path of John-Jules, and he struck a first-time effort past Scott to give us the lead.

http hg7088.comJames Olayinka came close to doubling our advantage early in the second half when he picked up a loose ball on the edge of the box but saw his curling effort come back off the post.

John-Jules was denied his second when Scott saved his low shot with his feet after our forward had dribbled past two players.

Southampton had their keeper to thank again as Scott got down well to save a well-hit John-Jules penalty, after our youngster had been pulled down inside the box.

WHAT IT MEANS


WHAT’S NEXT

Steve Bould's side next face Villarreal in the Premier League International Cup on Wednesday, November 27 at Meadow Park at 7pm (UK time)

By Sam Cox

Interview

‘We had to dig deep… it was a real test’

Bould

Steve Bould hailed his youngsters’ performance as we overcame an experienced Villarreal side on Wednesday night.

Goals from Nathan Tormey, Emile Smith Rowe and Trae Coyle secured an impressive Premier League International Cup win against a Yellow Submarine side, who play in the third tier of Spanish football.  

We spoke to Bould after the match and this is what he said:

on the performance…
I thought it was an excellent win, they were a very experienced side and they play in a proper league in Spain. They had a lot more older players than us who have experience in league football so it was a very tough game and they’re a good side, I know we won 3-0 but we had to really dig deep and I’m absolutely delighted with the performance.

on what we learned from the match…
They learned how to win games because they know every trick in the book and they’ve got far more experience than our lads so it was a real test and it was a proper football game.

on our defensive performance…
In all fairness I think they hit the post but apart from that I don’t think Karl Hein had to make too many saves. Another clean sheet gives us a real, proper performance against a very good side.

on the physical nature of the match…
I think our lads stood up in every level and they maybe had more possession than us so we had to work really hard, we kept them down to one, maybe two chances and then created quite a few chances ourselves. All round a good night for all of our players.

on the competition…
You can’t buy that experience. For us the more games we can play like today, the better. If we can get matches against teams with experience when we haven’t got a game on, we should be looking to play these kind of teams. It’s just a great experience for us.