Matt Gill said his team looked a threat all night long as they beat Stoke City 3-1 to get their calendar year off to the perfect start.
The victory extended the Under-23s’ unbeaten run to four matches in all competitions and Gill now hopes his side can carry on their good performances into future matches.
“We had a few changes with Max [Aarons] out through illness,” he revealed. “Dev [Aransibia] played the whole game with the same illness so fair play to him for playing the whole game.
“In spells, we looked really good and I’m really chuffed with some of the performances. We looked like a real threatening team.
“We need to do that more often. We need to carry on doing what gives us success.
“I’m really pleased to come away from home and play the way we did. It was a long journey and a great experience for the lads to play in great facilities at St. George’s Park.
“As a coach you always want more but I’m chuffed that we got some success tonight in certain areas.”
City played the whole second-half against ten men after Moussa Niakate’s 40th-minute red card and Gill was pleased his players showed patience to wait for their chances to strike.
“We have a real threat at the top of the pitch,” he continued. “Pierre [Fonkeu], Tristan [Abrahams], [Kieran] Higgsy, Glenn [Middleton] – we have some real pace up there. We also have cleverness in midfield with the likes of Dev and Todd [Cantwell]. Aston [Oxborough] made some good saves and fair play to him for keeping his concentration.
“We tried to mix the play up a little bit and I’m pleased that we didn’t get too sloppy playing against ten.”