Ruben Lameiras and Emmanuel Sonupe went close in the first period, while Kyle Walker-Peters and Nathan Oduwa caused problems for the visitors down the left side after the break – but all to no avail as the match ended goalless.
Reflecting on the Barclays Under-21 Premier League contest, played amid a fierce wind at the Training Centre, coach Ugo felt that on another day we might have taken maximum points and picked out a handful of players for praise.
“We played in difficult conditions and in the first half we created four or five really good opportunities where we were let down with the final pass or the execution, but the intent was there to play the right way,” he said.
“We carved out three or four opportunities and on another day one of those goes in and it changes the game.
“In the second half we were against the wind but I thought in the last 15 or 20 minutes there was only one team that looked like they were going to score and that was us.
“We showed good bravery with Kyle Walker-Peters taking the ball and driving at people, I thought Josh Onomah was superb in central midfield, as was Connor Ogilvie at the back.
“With some of the opportunities that we created we deserved a goal but one thing you worry about is that if you don’t put your chances away when you’re dominating against teams there’s a chance you could lose the game.
“At the end of the day, though, it’s a clean sheet. I was disappointed the quality wasn’t a little bit better but overall I was pleased with the intent and the way we stuck at it.”