Omogbehin: Meeting Tough Challenges

Monday 8 July 2019 13:21

Colin Omogbehin was delighted with the way his side rose to the physical challenge in his maiden game on the Under-23s touchline as a young Fulham side played out a stalemate with Bromley.

The Young Whites were unfortunate not to come away with a win after Fabio Carvalho hit the post and Timmy Abraham lofted a one-on-one wide.   

 “We’ve gone there with a very inexperienced squad against a tough Bromley side who have done well in the Conference.” The joint U23s Head Coach told “The boys gave a great account of themselves in and out of possession.

“I thought they were excellent all round. We still had people who were prepared to run into channels deep into the game. This was their first game back. We met a lot of challenges in terms of being able to compete with their physicality.”

Bromley fielded two completely different sides for either half, showing the peak physical condition the Fulham side was in. Omogbehin was quick to praise the work done in the sports science team.

“The credit has to go to our sports science department as they continue to have the boys in good condition.” He added. “Bromley had two teams that each played a half and we matched both sides. 

“During the close season the boys have been working hard and we’re seeing the rewards out there. Some of the fitness levels were fantastic. You had players playing 90 minutes as their first game.

“We can’t get carried away. But they can take great confidence knowing they’ve played against men and they’ve met that challenge. They need to show that grit and mentality with every game going into the season.”

Mark Pembridge was joined for the first time by the former Under-18s Head Coach. Having worked with Pembridge for many years, Omogbehin shared his sentiment as working with his colleague.

“It’s the same as old times, we understand how each other work. We’ve worked with each other for five or six years and we’re also very good friends. We understand the goals we want to achieve and having a knowledge of how he works and vice versa is a big bonus.”

Fulham Under-23s now face Southend at Motspur Park on Saturday, then travel to a pre-season camp in Portugal on Monday.

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