Wilshere takes positives from derby defeat

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Jack Wilshere said there were reasons to be positive about our performance in Saturday’s 3-2 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur under-18s.

“Performance wise I thought we were the better team,” he said after the match. “I thought we had the majority of the control in the game.

“Maybe we allowed them too much time and space in the first half but I felt we dealt with that and found our way. We always expected them to start first, we were coming to their place, it’s a derby and they always want to do that.

“We didn’t start great and suffered a little bit for that but found our way back in the game and we dominated the second half, came back into it when we were 2-1 up and had moments to win the game and kill it off.

“When you play against good teams in big games, you always have to be careful when you’re winning by one goal. We knew Tottenham would be dangerous on the counter-attack and it hurts more.

“If I have my development hat on, I’m proud of the boys because we were brave and tried to do the right things.

“The last five or six weeks have been different as we’ve been scoring and been up in games. We showed something different today.

“When you go one down, to deal with their momentum, energy and pressure, I felt we were good and showed character to come back into the game.”


U21s drawn against Chelsea in PL2 quarter-final


Our under-21s have been drawn at home to Chelsea in the Premier League 2 Division One play-offs quarter-finals.

The match will take place at 1pm at Meadow Park on Saturday, May 11, and the match is free for supporters to attend.

In the round of 16, we secured a dominant victory over Manchester United with a resounding 6-2 scoreline. Nathan Butler-Oyedeji and Amario Cozier-Duberry each contributed braces, while Jack Henry-Francis and Ethan Nwaneri added to the tally with a goal apiece, sealing our win in style. You can watch the highlights below.

Meanwhile, Chelsea edged past Brighton & Hove Albion with an entertaining 5-4 victory in extra time to advance to this stage. The winner of our matchup will go on to face either Tottenham Hotspur or Liverpool in the semi-finals.

To find out more about the play-offs, including dates for our potential semi-final and final, click here.

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