De La Torre: We Are Gelling

Wednesday 10 October 2018 12:00

Luca De La Torre believes the amount of game time his side have being getting together stands them in good stead for the season.

His comments come following the Under-23s’ 2-1 win over Birmingham City in the PL Cup on Saturday.

“It was good for us today, the boys played some good football,” he told “It was a lot tougher in the second half once they got back into the game, but we held on.

“Hopefully now the players are getting together more often with minutes under their belts we can start gelling to put a run together in the league. It’s tough with younger players coming in and out of the group but now we are getting stability we can progress and move forward.”

The midfielder opened the scoring in the win to set up a platform for Harvey Elliott’s stunning volley, which proved to be the match winner. De La Torre was impressed by the young winger’s performance.

“It’s always good to score and today I could help the team in that way. Harvey’s volley was excellent, the technique was great. He needs to keep his head down and keep working hard, he’s young but he definitely has that ability.

“In the first half they sat in deep, but they came at us in the second once they were chasing the game. I think we dealt with both sets of tactics very well overall.

“The type of players we have are very technical, we want to pass the ball around, with risk at times. We need to play but we are becoming better at cutting mistakes.

After the International break, the Under-23s turn their attention back to the league campaign, when they face West Brom at Motspur Park.

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