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FANTASTIC EFFORT

Posted on 30 April 2008  - 12:00

Alex Inglethorpe described our Academy's runner-up spot in the Dusseldorf International Tournament as a 'fantastic effort'.

Alex Inglethorpe described our Academy's runner-up spot in the Dusseldorf International Tournament as a 'fantastic effort'.Competing in an Under-19 event for the 'U19 Champions Trophy', the lads came through a five-team group including Dynamo Moscow, Fortuna Dusseldorf, Sevilla and Werder Bremen to qualify for the semi-finals.

They then beat Kaiserslautern 6-5 on penalties in the semi-final - Oscar Jansson saved Kaiserslautern's sixth attempt before Kyle Fraser-Allen netted the winner - before eventually losing 3-0 against Dynamo Moscow in Monday's final.

"I thought the scoreline in the final was a little harsh on us as Dynamo caught us on the break as we were pushing forward," reflected coach Alex. "But to finish runners-up in this tournament was a fantastic effort considering the quality of the teams here.

"Just about every coach at the tournament commented on the quality of our football and the more we go to these events, the more convinced I am that we have a lot of talented players at our club.

"What we now have to do is get these lads pushing forward at the club and get them to realise that we are a top team as well. We don't need to be looking over our shoulders - we need to make sure teams are looking over their shoulders at us."

Meanwhile, Oscar Jansson was named goalkeeper of the tournament and Danny Rose midfielder of the tournament. They are pictured with their trophies alongside Yaser Kasim, holding the runners-up prize.