Omogbehin: Good Response

Thursday 8 February 2018 11:13

Colin Omogbehin was pleased with his side’s reaction on Wednesday night as they came from behind to progress in the FA Youth Cup.

The Under-18s trailed at half-time in their Fifth Round tie at Plymouth Argyle’s Home Park, but Nicolas Santos-Clase’s effort after the restart forced extra-time, in which goals from Fabio Carvalho and Jayden Harris secured victory for the Young Whites.

“Plymouth played exactly the way we thought they would – very compact, very narrow, very difficult to play through and against,” Omogbehin told “They played on the counter but I thought that we dealt with that really well.

“They played short, sharp, crisp passing which opened us up a bit at times, but I thought with our setup the way it was we were always in a position to deal with that.”

Fulham improved in the second half following the introduction of Ryan De Havilland at the break, and Omogbehin was pleased to witness his team come back strong and nab a deserved equaliser through Santos-Clase on his 18th birthday.

“We made a little change, we played Jayden a bit deeper, wanted him to be the first receiver so he could step into midfield,” he explained.

“We played Tyrese [Francois] and Ryan either side of him, like a little triangle to try and get down the sides of their midfield players and in little pockets, and I think that opened up space in the wide areas, as well as allowing us to play centrally.

“Wherever Nicolas plays along those front attacking areas, he’s always going to be a goal threat, as his record shows this season. He’s scored a lot of important goals, and he popped up at a good moment for us.”

The victory sets up a Quarter-Final London derby at Craven Cottage, against the winners of next week’s meeting between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea.

“It will be the first opportunity for us to play at home which is a good challenge for us, something again that we’ll look forward to,” Omogbehin stated.

“Whether we play Spurs or Chelsea, they’re both good teams, both teams we’ve faced in the league so we understand what they’re about. It will be a good game, a hard game but one we look forward to.”

Group photo courtesy of Dave Rowntree

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