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NICKY EADEN ON CONSECUTIVE PLAY-OFF CAMPAIGNS

10 May 2024

Interviews

NICKY EADEN ON CONSECUTIVE PLAY-OFF CAMPAIGNS

10 May 2024

Nicky Eaden spoke to iFollow Barnsley after his side secured the U18s play-offs for the third consecutive year.

A 3-0 victory against Wigan Athletic on Tuesday guaranteed a top two finish for the young Reds to set up a semi-final clash against Charlton Athletic on May 18.

Our U18s boss admitted that this campaign has not has been as settled as prior, but his players have demonstrated resilient character to achieve the feat once again.

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"The season has had its ups and downs," discussed Eaden. "It has not been as consistent as last season but that's the nature of it at U18s. You lose half of your squad every season. It took the first-years probably a little bit of time to adjust to the physicality of the league.

"At one point you're thinking you're not going to make it, you have a little spell where it is good and you think maybe we could nick top spot. I'm not saying we've overachieved, but we've done ever so well again to get into that top two."

"We want to create players that know how to win games of football"

Eaden

The Reds have had to show a different side to their game this season, battling injuries and changing personnel whilst tackling a competitive division of 'Category 2' academies.

It has meant an adaptation in how our youngsters approach games and being more versatile within matches to ultimately get the job done under pressure from surrounding teams.

"A big thing from last year was that we got into the players' heads was how to win games," continued the former full-back. "When you have to dig in. You play a lot of teams at U18s level that will continually play the same way because it's their philosophy, which is fine for them. We want to create players that know how to win games of football and sometimes it might not be pretty but that's what they are going to be going in to at first-team level."

The full interview with Nicky Eaden is now available to view on iFollow Barnsley.


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