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Bongani calls for greater firepower

Posted on 24 February 2015  - 10:14

Bongani Khumalo highlighted the need to apply the finishing touch to our attacks after our Under-21s drew a blank for the second game in a row.

Bongani Khumalo wins a header (pics: Tom Jacobs)Josh Onomah makes a challengeShaq Coulthirst is denied by Saints goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga

The South Africa international once again captained our side as we drew 0-0 at Southampton in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League on Monday evening – the lads creating a number of second half opportunities without beating Saints goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga.

The outing at St Mary’s Stadium followed on from an identical result for our Under-21s at home to Leicester City last time out.

And while centre-half Bongani was naturally pleased to keep a clean sheet, he feels the next step for our young players is to turn draws into wins.

“I thought in the second half we were a lot better,” he said. “We tried to create chances, obviously we weren’t clinical enough but at least the intent was there.

“A clean sheet is always good for all the defenders involved but we’ve had a couple of draws and now it’s time we get some wins.

“In the next game we need to be more dynamic going forward and just be more of a goal threat.

“To be fair, Southampton’s keeper did well. I think they were very compact as well, they tried to frustrate us as much as they could but again with the players that we have I would expect us to find a way through and get the goals to win games.”