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Will reflects on Liverpool loss

27 January 2016|Tottenham Hotspur

Will Miller said our Under-21s could and should have done better in the second half of Monday night’s defeat to Liverpool.

We went in 1-0 down at the break at Chester FC after Tom Glover spilled Ryan Kent’s free-kick in at the near post, but the Reds struck a crucial second 11 minutes after the restart when Jerome Sinclair helped Sheyi Ojo’s low driven ball over the line from close range.

Will, 19, was tasked with leading the line as a false nine on the night and, while he admitted it was a tough challenge up against Steven Caulker and Jose Enrique at the back for Liverpool, he felt it could have been a different story had we continued some of our first half passing and movement in the second period.

“We changed to a new formation and it was hard to get it right first time, but football is about scoring goals and creating chances and we need to do more of that,” he said.

“It was a great challenge for me with Caulker and Enrique at the back. You definitely have to adjust your game in that situation and think differently but I’m still learning so it was a good test for me.

“Obviously I would have liked to have got on the scoresheet but I thought I took the team forward at times and created a couple of chances.

“From our point of view the two goals weren’t the best goals to concede, I didn’t think we started the second half sharp enough and Liverpool took advantage of that. In the first half with our intensity and our football we did well, but in the second half we just didn’t come out quick enough.”

The Under-21s return to action on Thursday night against Chelsea in the Premier League International Cup at Stevenage, kick-off 7.05pm.