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Boro U21s 1-2 Spurs - Ugo's verdict

Posted on 30 November 2015  - 21:00

Ugo Ehiogu felt our Under-21s passed a good old-fashioned footballing test in the rain at Middlesbrough on Monday.


Trailing early against a Boro side that had lost just once all season, goals from Shaq Coulthirst (58 minutes) and Anton Walkes (80) completed the turn around in the second half.

Walkes converted smartly from Andros Townsend’s cross for his third goal in his last four league games to stretch the team’s unbeaten run to five (four wins) in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League.

“This was always going to be a real footballing test,” said coach Ugo. “We spoke about that at the start. It was a bread and butter day, away from home after a six-hour coach trip and overnight stay, pouring rain, tough playing conditions and I thought we showed a lot of bravery on the ball to probe away and keep possession.

“We recovered well after going a goal down against the run of play. The players continue to make good strides. Our mentality is getting stronger and we’re getting harder to beat.

Below: Anton Walkes celebrates the winner at Middlesbrough


“Anton gave himself a chance because he keeps arriving in the box and if you keep doing that and keep having attempts at goal eventually one will fall for you.

“Andros’ contribution was excellent, always occupying two or three of their players and his attitude was first-class. Milos Veljkovic handled himself well again, another captain’s performance. Luke Amos was outstanding, playing out of position again, he has our trust and he should be proud of that, he has the attributes to deal with it. Anthony Georgiou’s contribution was very good as well.

“We know there are things to work on but we keep churning out results, performances and keep applying ourselves. We’ve got the work ethic and the job description basics, we’ve got all that, now we’re adding the icing on the cake, the polish in the final third that makes a huge difference.”


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