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Cup regret for Samuel

Posted on 8 January 2016  - 06:00

Samuel Shashoua admitted it was a bad day at the office for our youngsters on Wednesday night as Middlesbrough sent us crashing out of the FA Youth Cup.

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The attacking midfielder, on target in our 4-0 win over Rotherham United last time out in the competition, cut a frustrated figure as we slumped to a 3-1 defeat to Boro in the fourth round at Stevenage.

Having fallen two goals behind to a Mitchell Curry brace, Marcus Edwards gave us hope as he pulled one back, but it was game over just after the hour mark as Arnel Jakupovic completed the scoring. Centre-back Japhet Tanganga was then sent off in stoppage time as we finished with 10 men.

“I don’t think we matched their intensity in terms of their commitment and wanting to get bodies forward in the box,” reflected Samuel, who has scored three goals in 14 appearances for us in the Barclays Under-18 Premier League this season.

“We looked too open – the only positive is that we created a few chances, but that’s it.

“I thought we were going to get back into it towards the end of the first half at 1-0 and there was also a period in the second half when we got a goal back for 2-1, but then the third goal killed us to be honest.

“We’ve now got Chelsea in the league this weekend and we’re going to have to do the basics, 100 per cent. We have to make sure we’re working as hard, or harder, than the opponents and hopefully our technical attributes will come through.”