Jennings Reflects on U-18s' Draw

Tuesday 30 April 2013 21:15

Academy Director Hugh Jennings is pleased that the destination of the Barclays Under-18 Elite Group title is still in Fulham’s hands after a 0-0 draw with Manchester United.

The Whites hit the post twice in a tight game at Motspur Park on Tuesday night, but could not break the deadlock. The draw leaves them three points clear of Reading - who play Crystal Palace on Wednesday night - and if the Royals win, then Fulham will have to match their result on the last day of the regular season next weekend.

"It was a tight encounter and although both teams had chances, the draw was probably the fair result,” Jennings told the official website. "We hit the post in the first half and had one cleared off the line. Then right at the death Cauley Woodrow hit the crossbar. To be fair, their goalkeeper was probably the busier of the two.

"A lot of credit needs to be given to United, though, because they worked very hard and made it difficult for us. We just didn't quite do enough to break them down, but it's been a long season for the boys and at times that showed tonight. But they'll go away and recover and prepare accordingly for Saturday's game with Everton.

"We're still top, so this result wasn't too bad for us - it's certainly still in our hands. Of course, it would be nice to finish at the top of the pack as it would be a fine reward for what has been a positive season for us.

"Reading, who are in second place, play tomorrow and there's a chance things will be a little clearer then. We'll see what happens, but hopefully we can come out on top."

Whites defender Liam Donnelly added:  “I thought a draw was probably a fair result, but if one team was going to take the points I thought it was us. If anything we possibly shaded it. We had a few chances, but unfortunately it was just one of those nights for us. We worked hard, and played well in patches, but just couldn’t get the ball in the net.

“We’re still in control of the group, and we’re very hopeful that we can be named champions. It would mean a lot to us players, and obviously the coaching staff too. It would have been nice to have got the win tonight, because it puts a bit more pressure on Saturday’s game against Everton.

“But I think we can get the result we need, we’ve shown throughout the season that we are a match for any side in this league. Hopefully that will be the case again. It’s a match we’re all looking forward to.”