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'The clean sheet will be great for our confidence'


Steve Bould believes his side can take confidence from keeping their first clean sheet of the season in Saturday's 1-0 win over Southampton at Meadow Park.

Tyreece John-Jules scored the game's only goal but Bould was most satisfied with seeing his under-23s record a Premier League 2 clean sheet at the 11th time of asking.

Despite sitting in third and having only lost once this campaign, the under-23s head coach admitted he had been calling on his youngsters to target a first clean sheet in recent weeks.

http hg7088.comWe spoke to Bould after Saturday's win - and this is what he said:

on the performance…
Overall, I thought it was a very good performance. The nice part for me is getting a clean sheet, we spoke about it for a couple of weeks, and all the lads are delighted that they’ve managed to do that. I think we could have had a few more goals, we got in some dangerous positions but didn’t create a lot of chances from those position which we perhaps should. Tyreece unfortunately missed a penalty and I think they had one glaring chance in the first half, other than that we defended pretty well, so I’m delighted.
on our first clean sheet of the season…
It’s very pleasing for me. At half-time we said we weren’t too bothered if we score two or three more, the important thing is that we keep a clean sheet. It’ll be great for their confidence, the whole team not just the back four. It was a good performance, in the second half they stepped it up a little bit and put us under a lot of pressure so it was a good performance.
on trying to break down a strong Southampton defence…
We spoke about it before the game and we’ve seen them play a few times and they did sit deep and made it difficult. We did open them up a few times but the only disappointing thing was when we got to their final third, we didn’t quite create the chances that we should have done. We may need to work on our crossing this week and the areas to attack but we got there and that’s the pleasing thing.
on recording back-to-back wins in the league…
It’s great for the kids, I keep saying it’s not about winning, it really isn’t, it’s about the performances and I think they’re performing at a good level. If you perform at a good level you then win games and for these kids and their development it’s about performing and trying to do the right things at the right time and hopefully results follow that.


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


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

http hg7088.comGoals 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.  

http hg7088.comWe spoke to Bould after the match and this is what he said:

on the performance…
http 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…
http 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…
http 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.