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28 September 2022



28 September 2022

Following our U21s’ 1-1 draw with Peterborough United on Tuesday afternoon, Will Lancaster feels his side should have taken more from the game.

The young Reds were unable to make their dominance pay – particularly in the first half – and, in the end had to settle for just a point.

“I think we did alright and were definitely the better team overall,” began Lancaster. “We could have definitely gotten three, maybe even four goals in the first half, but we didn’t end up taking our chances and got punished for it in the second half.

“We came out a bit sloppy and conceded pretty early in the second half, but we got our goal and could have got another two in the second half. Overall, I think we should have won.”

Lancaster played a key role in securing the draw for the Reds, as the defender’s quick reactions stopped Peterborough from bursting through on goal twice in the second half.

“I think I did alright, at the end of the day I did what I was asked,” reflected the skipper. “I think there’s definitely room for improvement; I was a bit sloppy sometimes, but as a back three I think we all ended up defending the box really well.

“With the goal we conceded, obviously we’ve got to be better but there’s not really a lot that we could do from the set piece when the ball is played in like that. I did what I could do throughout the game though, so I think I had an alright game.”

Keegan Hartley’s strike midway through the second half secured a more-than deserved point for our U21s, as he fired home from Danny Benson’s lay off.

The young Reds had to show character to drag themselves back into the encounter, with Lancaster crediting his teammates for sticking to what worked well throughout the contest.

“I think we just kept doing what we were doing in the first half,” he continued. “We kept playing how we had been playing; I think we had them, but we just needed that last bit of quality in the final third and we ended up getting that.

“I think there are a lot of things that helped us today; we were at home, they started slow, we started really fast, it all helps. When we press it can be really hard to get out which is why I think they found it difficult to get going in the first 15 minutes.”

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