John McDermott was left to reflect on a job well done as our Under-18s beat Wigan in the FA Youth Cup on Wednesday night.
Harry Kane scored the only goal of the third round tie after nine minutes at the DW Stadium.
However, the scoreline hardly reflected what was a dominant performance. The lads controlled possession throughout and Wigan barely mustered a shot on goal, let alone carve out a clear-cut chance.
It was a textbook performance for an away cup tie. "We would have liked a few more goals but our build-up play from the back, through the middle and to the penalty box was excellent and that was off the back of a very good defensive display," said Academy Manager John at the DW.
"I was really pleased with the Second Year trainees in the side. Nathan Byrne was excellent and defended on the front foot and Tom Carroll, playing out of position, was neat and tidy at left-back. Dean Parrett kept going and Jake Nicholson did well.
"We've been trying to get Jake to be more aggressive and to manage the centre of midfield. In a way, he's the spider in the middle of the web and he has to supply the likes of Kane, Bostock and Fredericks as well as screening the defence. He did that well."
John also had praise for Steven Caulker and John Bostock, both currently out on loan at Yeovil and Brentford respectively, but drafted in to play in the FA Youth Cup as they are eligible to do under the terms of their youth loans.
He also revealed that club legend Steve Perryman had words of advice for the pair.
"It was tough for Steven and John and Steve was excellent," added John. "He spoke to both of them beforehand because he did exactly the same when he was a young player, coming back from senior football to play in the FA Youth Cup.
"They didn't over-egg it on the night, they did what they had to do and they were rock solid in what they did without trying to prove anything."