Under-18 coach proud of players and pleased with performance but disappointed to lose out to Southampton in the FA Youth Cup.
- Nick Chadwick assesses FA Youth Cup defeat to Southampton.
- Chadwick acknowledges nice moment for Tom Powell, who scored the opener at the DW.
- Former Everton striker: “Gutted to go out when we deserve it”
Reflecting post-match after seeing Tom Powell gives his side the lead in the game, Chadwick said:
“I am disappointed for the lads because they’ll be gutted to be out of the competition when they don’t deserve to be.
“I think the second goal is probably a foul and, in that sense, it’s disappointing and hard to take.
“On the other hand, I am pleased with how we played, how we showed evidence of what we had been working on and they did for us what we asked.
“Perhaps we could have gone from the middle-third to the final-third a little bit more incisively and created one or two more chances.
For Powell, though, the result will have tinged a night that will live with him forever, according to Chadwick, as the boyhood Latics fan scored at the DW for the first time.
“We have worked a lot on his movement and finishing and he is reaping the rewards of that; it’s not by accident that he has scored more goals on the back of working a lot harder.
“It was terrific the way his first touch took him away from the defender and how he kept his composure with the finish.
And Chadwick finished by saying the important thing will be for the young players to take the positives from the performance forward with them.
“I felt the lads did themselves a lot of favours tonight,” he said. “There will be a lot of people wanting to pat them on the back for the way they have played, especially the way they handled the ball and the work they put in.
“The bigger picture now is to take the positive performance forwards but obviously it will hurt for the time being with the lads because it’s the Youth Cup and they want to be in it.”