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INTERVIEW: Eric Odhiambo Southampton Reaction

3 December 2022


INTERVIEW: Eric Odhiambo Southampton Reaction

3 December 2022

Eric Odhiambo was proud of the Under-18s, after they bowed out of the FA Youth Cup at the hands of Southampton.

City’s youngsters took the lead in the 82nd minute through Aidan Dausch and were on course for the fourth round, that was until Dominic Ballard drew the Saints level.

Then, in extra time, Southampton found themselves in front for the first time through Ballard again, before City found a leveller from an Elliot Betjemann free-kick.

But then, with seconds left on the clock, Ballard completed his hat-trick, snatching the win away from the Sky Blues and ultimately knocking them out the Youth Cup.

Reflecting on the performance against a category one academy side, Odhiambo was able to take the positives from the performance.


Reflecting on the game:

“It was really tough to take. I couldn’t be more proud of the boys to be honest, but it’s things we work on in training that have cost us today.

“I think in the 86th minute we’re going through to the next round and then after 120 we’re out of the cup.

“It’s things we could have controlled, so it’s our fault, but it’s not the time for dwelling on the negatives.

“It was a really strong performance against a tough team, and we’ve ran them right to the end.”


Coming up against a Premier League academy side:

“They rose to the occasion and for large parts of the game we were taking it to them. We started off really bright and let them know they were in a game, but it’s just a disappointing end to it.”


The performance from his players:

“There’s lots of positives to take from the game and I could go through every individual and tell you something positive that they’ve done.

“They all put their bodies on the line and went to their maximum and they really pushed themselves, it’s just a shame we couldn’t get it over the line.”


What’s next for the Under-18s:

“These games are exciting and they’re really important in terms of their development but looking at the bigger picture, the development is the big thing.

“So, this game, in terms of their careers is just a small part of it, we go back again next week, train, play a friendly and then they will break up for Christmas.

“Then they come back again and keep developing and keep improving in the future and hopefully they get to play in competitions like this in the future but the FA Cup.”

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