Academy Manager John was delighted with the overall performance of the lads as they scored twice in each half to record a 4-0 win – making it five victories out of five so far this term, with Emmanuel Sonupe capping a sparkling performance with a hat-trick.
Emmanuel opened the scoring seven minutes in, before Nathan Oduwa made it 2-0 half an hour later.
Emmanuel added our third just after the break, before completing his hat-trick from the penalty spot just before the hour mark.
“The performance as a whole was something that the boys have been threatening to do but not quite achieved,” said John.
“I’d say it’s one of the best youth team performances that we’ve had since I’ve been here. It’s nice when everything comes together – it doesn’t always happen but I thought the individual performances and team performances were of a real high quality.
“Stoke are always difficult to play against. It’s quite a long trip up there and we had a long trip to Burton in midweek as well, so to get off the coach and to play as well as we did was really pleasing.
“Our passing, our movement, penetration was excellent. I was pleased with the way that we got the ball back off them so quickly, so in all areas it was a very good day at the office.”
John also weighed in with praise for Emmanuel after his treble: “I’m pleased for Emmanuel that he was able to get his hat-trick and be a real threat.
“He’s not just a right winger, we want him to be a wide attacker and he scored a variety of different goals which was good.”
The lads also drew praise from various onlookers involved elsewhere in the game, something that also delighted John: “There were quite a few people whose opinion I respect that were very, very complimentary of how well the boys played. It’s sometimes nice just to get that recognition from other people as well.”