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2 May 2018

Young stopper Jordan Perrin on Latics' 1-0 defeat to Luton Town in the EFL Youth Alliance Cup final.

  • Reaction: Jordan Perrin on Luton Town 1 Latics 0.
  • Under 18s goalkeeper saved a penalty in the EFL Youth Alliance Cup final.
  • Stopper discusses his first professional contract with the club.

Speaking to iFollow Latics after our Under 18s' 1-0 defeat to Luton Town in the EFL Youth Alliance Cup final at Kenilworth Road on Tuesday night, penalty-saving goalkeeper Jordan Perrin shared his thoughts.

"It's disappointing for all of us, we didn't turn up," Perrin began.

"We've been brilliant in training and fantastic all season, but it's disappointing and we could have done a lot better.

"We've got to pick ourselves up quickly and look forward to Saturday in another cup final against Preston."

On his penalty save in the second half, Perrin added:

"Big saves make a difference at 0-0, so I was delighted with the penalty save, but that's forgotten about when the goal goes in. In that respect I've got to pick myself up for next week as well."

On bouncing back before the end of the season, the keeper continued:

"We've got a good bunch of lads and we stick together really well as a team. The first years have been brilliant around the dressing room driving everyone on and the coaching staff have been brilliant with us.

"We've got to use this defeat, forget about the performance and move on quickly to the next game.

"I think nerves got to us a little bit, but when we reflect on it we just didn't turn up with the standards we usually set.

"We're kicking ourselves about it, but we go again on Saturday."

And finally, on being offered his first professional contract, Perrin said he was delighted, but also backed his team mates to continue with their progress.

"It was a very proud moment for me and my family. I'm delighted to be offered a contract.

"For the lads who have been working hard all season but didn't get professional contracts, I'm sure they'll get other clubs because they're brilliant lads.

"For myself and Tylor it's about pushing forwards next season."

Latics host Preston North End in the Lancashire FA Youth Cup final at Christopher Park this Saturday, kick off 11.00am.

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