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Ryan glad to return for Under-21s

Posted on 14 September 2014  - 14:43

Ryan Mason was pleased with his goalscoring comeback in our Under-21s' match against Southampton on Friday evening.

Ryan Mason on his return to action for our Under-21s on FridayRyan takes a shot at goalCoaches Ugo Ehiogu and Matt Wells look on from the sidelines

The central midfielder was highly impressive during our first team tour of the United States and Canada in July before picking up a slight injury towards the end of the pre-season campaign.

Having been sidelined since then, the 23-year-old returned to action as we beat Southampton by the odd goal in five in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League at White Hart Lane.

Having opened the scoring with a classy strike in the first period, Ryan pulled the strings alongside Harry Winks in the middle before being withdrawn on the hour mark.

And he confirmed he feels ready and raring to go after coming through the match in a positive manner.

“It was nice for me to get back out there after a little while off,” he said. “The injury was frustrating because I felt pretty close to getting some game time, but I think I’ve proved to myself and the manager tonight that I’m back to where I want to be fitness wise.

“We had some good bits of play during the game. It’s a young group of lads out there but the longer the season goes on they’ll learn and put what they pick up into action on the pitch.

“If they can stick together and keep developing there will be a lot of chances for them.”

Under-21s Coach Ugo Ehiogu, meanwhile, was pleased with the three points against the Saints – as goals from Ryan and Daniel Akindayini, with an Emmanuel Sonupe penalty sandwiched in between, made it two wins from two so far this season.

However, he still saw room for improvement.

“It was a good first half – I thought we pressed them well,” Ugo said. “I was disappointed with the second half, though, because it was a very scruffy period of the game.

“We’ve been talking about when the game gets like that and who out of the individuals is brave enough to take control and iron out the creases, but we didn’t really have enough people doing that today.

“We’ll look to be better than how we were today in future, but on the other side of it we’ve won 3-2 and it’s another three points so in that sense it’s good that we saw out the game. But there’s still that little something needed to push us to the next level.”