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Vicens hails clinical Under-18s

Vicens hails clinical Under-18s
Carlos Vicens was full of praise for his Under-18 side after the City youngsters' emphatic 7-0 win over Derby County.

Tai Sodje, Darko Gyabi, Callum Doyle and Alex Robertson all got their names on the score sheet, with the latter proving the star of the show after finding the net four times, including two stunning free-kicks.

The latest impressive win also extended our unbeaten start to the Under-18 Premier League North campaign, leaving City four points behind leaders, Manchester United with a game in hand.

The 7-0 thrashing also came on the back of a 5-0 triumph over Sunderland in City's previous outing, and Vicens said the clinical finishing demonstrated by his players is something the squad had been honing during training.

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"It's something [finishing] we have been working on quite a lot, because we found a lot that we arrived to the final third and couldn't finish the chances we created," head coach revealed.

"It's something we have definitely improved on in the last two games and it is something we can't take for granted, so for the next games we will still work hard on it."

As well as amassing 12 goals in the past two games, our Under-18s have also recorded five clean sheets in their last five games, and Vicens believes this is just as important as firing up front.

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                        Alex Robertson
Alex Robertson

"Sometimes you are not lucky. The first two or three chances you have do not go in, so you need to make sure you have the possibility of a clean sheet," Vicens added.

"Then, the one or two [chances] you have later in the game can then win you the game so the clean sheet is definitely as important as the stuff in possession."

Arguably our star man in a superb team performance was four-goal Robertson and Vicens was full of praise for the midfielder and his EDS teammate, Sam Edozie.

"Both Sam and Alex were really committed to the game and to the things we tried to achieve, putting in a lot of effort to help us get the result."

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The City boss also extended his praise to his whole side. 

"I wouldn't just highlight the two that came from the EDS to help us. Everyone put in a great effort and contributed to the victory."

Our Under-18s return to action on Saturday away to our recent FA Youth Cup semi-final opponents, Blackburn Rovers, and Vicens is expecting another tough task.

"I have never played an easy game against Blackburn! We have Wednesday to rest and then two days to prepare," the head coach added.

"We will have to put in a magnificent level of performance  again to get the three points as we know it will be really tough."

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