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First half goals settled us down - Nathan

Posted on 5 May 2015  - 10:21

Nathan Oduwa felt his first half brace was an important factor in stifling the threats of Manchester City during Monday’s 3-3 draw in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League.

Nathan Oduwa chases possession at City on MondayStaying strong to hold off his marker

The wide attacker, who has tasted senior Football League action for the first time with a loan spell at Luton Town in recent months, contributed two goals before the interval – both from a similar position following respective Kenny McEvoy crosses – as we took a 2-0 lead at the City Football Academy.

A quickfire double saw the hosts draw level soon after the break and, although Harry Winks hit back to restore our lead almost immediately, City had the last word with a 78th-minute equaliser in an all-action contest that saw several chances at both ends of the pitch.

“It was a good return to get two goals, especially when the team was under pressure,” reflected Nathan. “I felt that giving us a two-goal lead really settled our nerves in the first half and both the goals came from great crosses from Kenny.

“They were identical strikes with Kenny going down the right, whipping it across the box and me tapping it in. We’ve been working on that in training all week and, as you can see, it’s paid off.”

With the team having worked hard to gain the upper hand before the interval, Nathan was disappointed to see our advantage slip away shortly after the break.

“I felt that we laid off Manchester City in the second half and paid them too much respect when we could have come out and been even more aggressive, especially with the two-goal lead that we had,” he added.

“Giving two goals away in the space of two minutes is really poor from us, we did well to take the lead back but unfortunately we just weren’t strong enough to hold onto it in the end.”