EDS & Academy

Charles: We've stood up to the challenge this season

Shea Charles has hailed the character shown by Manchester City’s Elite Development Squad after being crowned Premier League 2 champions for a second successive year.

A 3-1 triumph away to Leeds United leaves our EDS with an unassailable advantage at the top of PL2 with one match to spare, ensuring our status as only the second side to win back-to-back titles in the competition’s history.

Charles has been a regular for Brian Barry-Murphy’s men throughout the campaign and helped City grind out the result we needed at Elland Road with a commanding display at the heart of defence.

Indeed, the 18-year-old believes the manner in which we dug deep to earn victory has been a crucial quality in helping us over the line once again.

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“When you go into the new season after a (title) win, everyone is coming after you, and I think we have stood up to the challenge every game,” he reflected.

“It’s a great feeling for the whole team.

“Throughout the whole season we’ve pushed as a team and individually as well and it’s good to come out with a trophy.”

Despite ultimately coming away with all three points, City were made to work for our victory at Elland Road.

A string of fine saves from Cieran Slicker, plus some last-ditch defending, had kept the hosts at bay in a frenetic second half before Liam Delap extended our advantage late on.

And Charles is hoping the belief taken from the win can help us finish the season with a flourish when we host Everton in our final PL2 match next Friday.

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He said: “It’s this sort of game that if you can push through them when you’re not at your best, it’s tough and the crowd are onto you, you feel like you can win any game.

“It feels a lot better when it’s a tight contest. It gives you such a buzz.

“We hope to win that game (against Everton), hopefully comfortably as well.”

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