Omogbehin: Take Advantage

Tuesday 13 February 2018 10:05

Fulham’s Under-18s drew 1-1 away to Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday morning.

The Young Whites went behind early in the first half but found their way back into the match after a red card and a penalty against the hosts.

“I think it was a fair result,” commented Head Coach Colin Omogbehin. “Even though we had more possession, we didn’t really take advantage of Brighton only having 10 men.

“When there are opportunities to get your shots off and create and convert chances you need to take them; we could maybe have improved on that aspect.

“However, in terms of controlling the game we certainly played a lot better than we have recently in the league in the past couple of weeks.”

Asked whether having the extra man added pressure on his side to score, he replied: “No not really, I think with us as far as the league is concerned, creating chances and scoring goals has not been a big issue from open play.

“In terms of our possession game, we dominated that. Whether it was against 10 or 11. 

"We started to get back into the game after a slow start even before Brighton went down a man, the conditions played a part in that.

“We were pinned back by the wind and it was difficult to play out at times and make those decisions to hit long, because even when we did hit long the wind was holding up the ball. 

“However, I thought that towards the midway point of the first half we found our rhythm and started to dominate possession, but again we have to put chances away.

“In the first half Sylvester [Jasper] broke down the right and put a fantastic ball across the face of the six-yard box and nobody was there to finish it.

“The actual penalty came from a similar scenario where Fabio [Carvalho] was brought down, which resulted in them getting a man sent off. It was not for the want of trying, we need to take advantage of the opportunities we create.”

Fulham were able to get back on terms as Ryan De Havilland scoring with precision from the 12-yard spot.

“Ryan has got very good technique”, he said. “So it was no problem for him to step up and take the penalty. We had great confidence that he would finish, it’s a big tool of his game. 

“I was very pleased with the performance of the team, we made nine changes from the midweek Plymouth game so it is good that we have players that can come in and affect the game and make an impact.

“Whether it is the first year scholars, who haven’t been playing as much, or the young Under-16s. We started with three of them plus an Under-15 on the bench who came on, so it’s fantastic for us and fantastic for them.”

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