Development squad coach delighted with U21 Premier League Cup win at Forest.
- Three fantastic goals from Jennings, Johnson and Poole
- Our decision making was much better v Forest
- Latics set the standards for season.
Latics’ Development Squad coach Joe Parkinson was ecstatic with his side’s performance as goals from Ryan Jennings, Joey Johnson and Declan Poole secured progress to the next round of the U21 Premier League Cup at Nottingham Forest.
An efficient, hard-working and intelligent performance was rewarded with a 3-1 victory at the City Ground against a Forest side who included six first-team players in their starting XI.
And Parkinson says he hopes the performance sets the standard for games to come in all competitions.
“There was a buzz about the players,” Parkinson said. “The problem is that needs to be done away from stadiums like this; they need to set the standards and play like that every week because there are some good players in this dressing room.
“We’ve trained well in the last couple of the days and we’ve put into practice what we wanted to.
“We knew roughly what they’d line-up like and, on paper, we were the weaker side but I think, especially in the first-half, we deserved the win and we scored three fantastic goals.
“We changed a couple of things, even in the warm-up, to try and get the passing a bit shorter and sharper after we got here late but it didn’t affect us.”
All three goals were of the highest class with Jennings crashing a left-foot shot into the top right-hand corner from 25 yards, Johnson elegantly chipping over Dorus De Vries after beating three Forest defenders and Poole finishing off a superb team move.
And Parkinson was pleased with how the players adapted to the game plan to create opportunities.
“I think every goal was brilliant; we broke on them so well, we defended deep, got into a good shape and once we got the ball we went forward with such pace,” he added.
“I thought there were two great team goals and of course the great individual goal from Joey Johnson where he cut inside and chipped it over the keeper, how he got it up and down with such a short space was fantastic.”
But for Parkinson, the message to his players is to keep their standards at that level for the rest of the season.
“This was a big game for us and for us to progress with such a young squad is brilliant,” Parkinson continued. “To come to places like this and get our rewards is what we should be aiming for every single week – we’ve set the standards now.
“Today the decision making was much better, I think the teamwork was much better too, there was a certain buzz about the players.”