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Matt Gill: We're really pleased with the performance

10 December 2017

Matt Gill was delighted his Under-23s maintained their winning feeling with victory over Middlesbrough at Colney on Sunday afternoon.

Pierre Fonkeu’s first half strike was the difference between the two sides and Gill was particularly pleased with how his team combined being solid at the back and a threat going forward.

“We’re really pleased with the three points but ultimately really pleased with the performance and the individuals within that,” he said.

“We’d come off the back of a poor run as far as results are concerned so to go back-to-back 1-0 wins is great.

“I think was built on a solid foundation, being really organised out of possession, and that allowed us to show what we’re good at in possession and in our attacking play.

“We had to show lots of different qualities today in shocking conditions but the lads dug in and showed real discipline, heart and determination.”

Gill was full of praise for a number of individuals in his squad.

“Pierre was excellent. We had lots of help from the senior boys [Russell Martin, Marcel Franke and Steven Naismith] and I also think Jamal [Lewis] getting 90 minutes under his belt is excellent,” he added.

“His fitness levels are outstanding, to think he’s been out for that long, he was still charging into their box in the last five minutes.

“Todd [Cantwell] showed some moments, Didi [Emmerson Sambu] did well at right-back seeing as he doesn’t play there much. Adam [Phillips] and Dev [Aransibia] in the middle of pitch were great and Tristan [Abrahams] worked his socks off all game and was unlucky not to get a goal.

“It was a great team performance and they got the reward they deserved.”

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