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Watford youth team coach Dave Hughes believes his Under-18 side deserved their 2-2 draw with Northampton Town
5:41pm Monday 14th October 2013 in Sport
Watford youth team coach Dave Hughes admits his Under-18 side were slightly fortunate to come away with a 2-2 draw against Northampton Town on Saturday but believes his team deserved their luck after a strong performance.
Goals in each half from George Byers and Harry Kyprianou saw Watford twice come from behind to extend their unbeaten run to three matches.
The Cobblers, who led through Kieran Fitzgerald and later Callum Powell, arguably should have stolen all three points in the dying seconds of the game but Fitzgerald hit the post from close range.
Hughes conceded his team could have lost the match at the death but believed the Hornets were more than deserving of a point.
“I know Northampton will probably say they should have won it when they hit the post at the end but I felt we earned that slice of luck with the way we played over 90 minutes,” Hughes told the official club website.
“I was delighted with the way we went about the game. I thought we passed the ball fantastically well at times and got players between the lines.
“The two players sitting in midfield moved well and allowed us to get into key areas of the pitch, which we tried to work on during the week. So overall, I was absolutely delighted.”
Hughes made a number of changes to his starting line-up to keep players fresh and the youth team boss was pleased with the improvement he saw in his team’s performance.
“I changed the team around to give everyone a chance to play and they can be pleased with how they did today,” said Hughes.
“In development, we’re trying to make them better and improve things. If they’re going to improve then there has to be feedback, and that means change. So we’ll look to improve the good parts and enhance the things we need to improve upon.
“After the game we had a good positive chat about the improvement I’ve seen from them. The three centre-halves were very good in terms of their heading and the way they moved the ball around was excellent.”
Watford: Wilks (GK); Young, Hall, Kyprianou; Barnum-Bobb, Rosenthal (Westlake, 58), Byers (Choi, 82), Martin; Jakubiak, Obi, Bawling.
Subs not used: Cumberbatch, Otudeko, Dillon.
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