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Watford youth coach Dave Hughes hails 'excellent' Under-18s display after 3-0 win over Barnet in Youth Alliance Cup
9:52am Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in Sport
Youth coach Dave Hughes described Watford Under-18s' performance on Saturday as "excellent" after the young Hornets beat Barnet 3-0 in the Youth Alliance Cup.
Alex Jakubiak continued his strong run of recent form with a goal and Tom Rosenthal added another in the first half before Chris Dillon rounded off the away victory in the second period.
“I thought we were excellent,” Hughes told the official club website.
“The movement was very, very good. For the first 45 minutes we dominated the game. The players can be very pleased with their performance.
“We spoke at half-time about being ruthless, and not being content. In fairness, Barnet came out and had a real go, but the third goal knocked the stuffing out of them a little bit.
“There was a high level of application and effort in the first period, we just needed to work on our concentration levels in the final 25 minutes to keep the ball and pick our opportunities to go forward."
The clean sheet was the Under-18s' third of the season and Hughes praised the defensive work of the whole team all over the pitch.
“I thought we pressed very well from front to back," he added.
"We looked to force the opposition into areas that suited us more, and to win the ball back in key areas of the pitch.
“For the players to keep a clean sheet collectively is important, not just defenders.”
Watford Under-18s: Wilks; Hall, Young, Doherty; Barnum-Bobb, Westlake (Hope, 60), Dillon (Otudeko, 75), Cumberbatch (Byers, 68), Martin; Rosenthal, Jakubiak.
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