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Josh laments missed opportunities

22 February 2016|Tottenham Hotspur

Josh Onomah admitted his disappointment at not being able to hit the back of the net in Sunday’s FA Cup defeat to Crystal Palace.

The 18-year-old midfield starlet was handed his third senior start in our fifth round tie at White Hart Lane but, while thrilled at the start of the day to be given the nod by Mauricio Pochettino, he couldn’t help but rue our missed chances – a couple of which fell to him – after we exited the competition on the wrong end of a 1-0 scoreline.

“It’s mixed emotions – I did a few things right and a few things wrong but it’s all a learning curve for me at this age,” he said.

“In the first few minutes there was a header that came to me, but looking back on it I think I could have headed it down or maybe waited for it to drop and volleyed it.

“It came to me quickly at that moment and it was a poor miss from me but I’ve got to learn from that and make sure I take the chance better next time.

“There was also a chance when Nacer (Chadli) knocked it down to me in the second half and they got a block on it so that was unfortunate too, but I’ve just got to carry on shooting at goal and hopefully one of them will go in.”

Martin Kelly’s angled finish in first-half stoppage time proved to be the clincher for Palace on the day, but Josh said the players are determined not to let the result derail our positive momentum heading into Thursday night’s Europa League return match against Fiorentina.

“For me, I’ve just got to keep learning from the experienced players in our side,” he said. “Obviously the FA Cup is a knockout tournament so we’ve got to learn from this result and see where we went wrong.

“We’ve got a good chance in the Premier League and a good chance in the Europa League so we need to keep our minds focused on that now, move on and carry on working hard.”