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Young midfielder staying positive after Premier League 2 setback

Posted on 16 August 2016  - 11:11

Joe Pritchard blamed a lapse in concentration in the closing stages for Monday night’s 2-0 loss to Everton in the newly-rebranded Premier League 2.

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David Henen and Matthew Foulds struck in the last 11 minutes at Stevenage, taking full advantage of our mistakes after Shayon Harrison’s first-half penalty miss.

Midfielder Joe, who came up with a tremendous goal-line clearance in the early exchanges, cut a frustrated figure after the game.

“If those late incidents happened in the first half, neither of them would have been goals but concentration at the end – and maybe people not getting the extra yard in – probably cost us,” said the 19-year-old.

“I thought we were the better team and throughout the first half we played very well. We’ve got to move on from it, though. It’s unfortunate, you always want to win your first game back but now we’ve lost we can only bounce back and really fight for the second game.”

In spite of Monday’s result, Joe is determined to maintain a positive outlook as he bids to have a good season on a personal level.

“It’s the first time I’ve played 90 minutes in a while so it’s good to get that under my belt and hopefully I can just push on and keep playing the best football I can play,” he added.

“If I’m playing defensively I’ll do my job as a defensive midfielder and if I’m playing more attacking I’ll try to get on the scoresheet and set up goals.”