A late equaliser from James Daly meant Palace and Birmingham shared the points in Monday’s Under 23 match at the training ground as the squad continued their preparation for the Development Play-Off match to be played soon at Selhurst Park.
Coach Dave Reddington said afterwards that even though the side was missing a number of players out with injuries he did believe they could have shown more over the 90 minutes in the 2-2 draw.
“I was a bit disappointed with the performance but we did start the game with four under 18s, one under 17 so a little disjointed in terms of preparation but you sometimes get days like that.
“This time last year we would have ended up losing a game like that but it’s good to get a point at the end of it.
“We were just a bit depleted as we have got quite a few injuries as it is our third game in six days so the schedule is catching up with a few of them.”
Attention in the camp is very much on the forthcoming Play-Off game at Selhurst and it’s an occasion that Reddington doesn’t need to think twice about when asked whether he is looking forward to it.
“Definitely, the lads have done great this year so it’s a good achievement for them to try and finish it in the way they have done with both the goals and points difference so we have been pleased with that.
“It would be brilliant to get a good atmosphere there and I think with the season the players have had they need to keep going and push forward because they can’t be comfortable just sitting in our age group but will also be good for them to experience a good crowd as well as playing under a bit of pressure as well.”
As Richard Shaw has said this season the success of the Under 23s has been a team effort and not about individuals but after this match against the Blues, Reddington did give mention to the continued progress of midfielder Giovanni McGregor and Tyler Brown.
“We have to stay on top of Gio all the time because he is quite a relaxed character so he is one we have to monitor all of the time and give him regular feedback but he is very calm on the ball and does get us playing at times. A lot of what Gio has to work on is his out of position play so staying with the game and in shape but there are definitely signs that he is improving.
“This time last year our kit man, Danny Young, started telling us about a lad playing for Whyteleafe and Tyler has come in and been a brilliant role model for the lads. He has done everything that has been asked of him and has completely grasped his opportunity with both hands.”
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