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Shaw: The Boys Are Always Learning

6 April 2018

Richard Shaw felt that the Under 23s second half performance deserved maximum points as they recorded a 2-1 victory against Huddersfield Town on Friday afternoon.

Second half goals from Rob Street and Levi Lumeka sealed the win which was reward for a better display in the final forty-five. 

"I thought the first half was really poor which was disappointing but changed a few things at half time and came out much better . In the second half we were deserving of our win but you can’t start games like that beaucse you will get punished. The boys are always learning and will continue to do so and end up taking something from the game," reflected Shaw and he added positive words following Rob Street's debut for the Development side.  

"Jack Mesure and Paddy McCarthy have done a fantastic job with him for the under 16s and 18s and I have seen him play a few times, he’s a real handful and similar  to James Daly in a way, what they lack in technique they give you in running , performance and endeavour. It was a real bonus today and he got a goal as well and is a nice lad who wants to do well and is one who next year we will look to be involved with us more often than not."

The victory was sealed by a fine individual goal from Lumeka on 77 minutes as the side sit 12 points clear at the top of the table and Shaw has high hopes for the youngster after his efforts this season. 

"Levi has really progressed, he drives you mad at times but I also know what I will get from him. He is excellent at carrying the ball and a real threat in behind. As poor as he was first half he has an attitude of where he just keeps on going and all credit to him second half he ran well and did a great job for us defensively.

"I thought he deserved his goal today and has had a terrific season, he’s very direct, tenacious and his technique has got a lot better and one that we have got a lot of good hopes for in the future."

Another Selhurst victory for the Under 23s gives Shaw hope that the disappointing performances for the youngsters playing at home will now be a thing of the past.  

"The boys have struggled in the past playing at Selhurst , its almost like they think they think they have to do something different but they just need to do what they have been doing all season. They have been a really good group and a pleasure to work with but at home they seem to have a mental block but the last two games at home they have won so hopefully they have got that monkey off their back now and they can perform with a bit more freedom."

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