Omogbehin: Dealt With Pressure

Monday 18 December 2017 13:05

Fulham’s Under-18s beat Huddersfield Town away on penalties in the 3rd round of the FA Youth Cup on Friday evening.

“It was very nerve-racking at times,” Head Coach Colin Omogbehin told fulhamfc.com.

“I thought certainly in the first half that we created more than enough opportunities to go in with a deserved lead. Maybe even be in the position to put the game beyond the opposition. 

“At 1-0, obviously Huddersfield were still in the game. We missed some very good chances that on another day we would score.”

The Young Whites stormed to a 1-0 lead within 15 seconds of the match having kicked off, with Chris Kelly curling a shot into the left of the net.

“It was an excellent start to the match, we couldn’t have started any better. We forced the keeper into an error. 

“Sonny Hilton got the knock down into the path of Chris, he ended up scoring and put us 1-0 up. So I was delighted with the start from the boys.

The Terriers found their way back into the match with a 78th minute strike through Micah Obiero, which ended up taking the match all the way.          

“We dropped deeper in the second half, which is very different to how we normally set up, we normally try to press high.

“Sometimes circumstances and the way the match goes, we had to drop deep and show good organisation which is something we do in training all the time.

“In terms of being organised and having good distances between each other in the units wasn’t a problem.

“We dealt with a lot of the pressure they had. Maybe when they did turn it over, we could have been a little calmer in keeping the ball and controlling possession.”

The match finally was settled by penalties, with goal keeper Luca Ashby-Hammond saving three, and even scoring one himself.

“What you have to remember with Luca,” Omogbehin said, “is he’s been in these situations before. Whether it’s playing for England or playing for us at national tournaments.

“He’s a confident boy with great belief in his abilities to save penalties, and as you saw he’s confident enough to take penalties as well.”

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