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‘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.

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…
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.

Post-Match Report

Match report: Arsenal U-23s 3-0 Villarreal


We swept past Villarreal in our opening match of the Premier League International Cup after an impressive performance at Meadow Park. 

We started strongly and took the lead inside seven minutes when Jose Carceles parried Trae Coyle’s effort into the air and Nathan Tormey reacted quickly to head into an empty net.

Coyle came close 10 minutes later when he collected the ball, skipped a challenge and drove into the box, but saw his low shot saved by Carceles. 

http hg7088.comVillarreal came close to scoring an equaliser on the stroke of half time when Ivan Martinez Nunez collected a mistimed clearance from Dinos Mavropanos, before seeing his curling effort crash against the post. 

http hg7088.comWe doubled our advantage shortly after the interval when Emile Smith Rowe turned neatly to create space, played a pass to Tormey who turned his marker, before laying the ball back to our midfielder who fired past Carceles. 

http hg7088.comNunez was at the heart of the visitors’ attacking play and rode a challenge before seeing his goal bound strike blocked by Mavropanos on the edge of the box. 

http hg7088.comCoyle put the game to bed in the 77th minute when a header across the box found him at the back post, and he took a touch before slotting underneath Carceles. 



http hg7088.comSteve Bould’s youngsters next face Blackburn Rovers in the Premier League 2 on Friday, December 6 at 7pm (UK time)

By Sam Cox