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8 April 2023



8 April 2023

Following our U21s’ 2-0 win over Watford, Eduino Vaz express his delight after contributing to such a dominant team performance.

The young Reds are now five matches unbeaten with as many games left to play in their Professional Development League campaign.

“The boys were excellent for the majority of the game,” affirmed Vaz. “I thought we started very well, but the intensity seemed to drop off towards the end of the first half, which was disappointing.”

After an uneventful first 45 minutes, our 21s were quick out of the blocks in the second half to score two goals in quick succession, altering the flow of the game.

Josiah Dyer converted a Jordan Helliwell cross before turning provider for Jonathan Bland to net his first goal at this age group, having already netted four at U18s level this term.

“At half-time, we were disappointed to be drawing because we felt we were dominating the game,” continued Vaz. “We haven’t been as clinical as we’ve wanted to be recently, so at half-time, the manager told us we needed to be more ruthless in the attacking third, which I think we did from that point. We brought back the intensity and scored two good goals to kill the game off.”

After conceding a late penalty to draw with Colchester United in midweek, the left-back was delighted to see an improvement in his team’s desire and willingness to put the game beyond doubt.

“Anything can happen in football,” he stated. “It was important that we scored the second goal to put the game to bed.

“On Tuesday, I ended up giving away a penalty which made us drop points, so I’m happy I could make a positive impact and contribute to the win. My legs still felt a bit heavy from that game, but I went out there today and gave my all to help out the team. I’d say I still put in a decent performance, so I’m happy.”

The victory takes our U21s up to sixth in the Professional Development League with five games remaining, and Vaz is hoping he can help his side extend their unbeaten run and end the campaign on a high.

“We’re five games unbeaten now,” he smiled. “We want to keep that run going for the rest of the season. We’re going to approach every game with a positive mentality and aim to leave them all with nothing but the three points.”

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