The Under 23s extended their lead at the top of the Development League table to nine points after Monday’s London derby victory against Queens Park Rangers.
Coach Richard Shaw was pleased with how the side completed a good 3-0 victory against their west London neighbours who sit in fourth place in the table.
“It’s really pleasing, a good result against a good QPR team. We knew we were going to be in for a tough game today and I didn’t think we started particularly well today but the boys are quite confident in what they can do and their ability but it’s just a case of making sure they work hard every day.”
James Daly completed his hat-trick on 55 minutes and Shaw is an admirer of the talent that the youngster has and is delighted to see his hard work rewarded in this game. The 18 year old scored these three playing in a central attacking role but for the academy has also been lining up in other positions but Shaw has no doubts as to the position that he prefers to play him in.
“I worked with James with the under 16s and he is a centre forward but sometimes you have got to play where you are needed but I like him up front and with James you know what you are going to get, honesty, endeavour, work rate, he is going to be aggressive and chases things down. Everything he lacks I don’t look at as I look at what he can give us and that is real energy and if anyone deserves a hat-trick today it was James. I am so pleased for him, the last two or three weeks he has been with us he has worked really hard and worked on aspects of his game and today was a culmination of all that.”
Shaw is a firm believer that playing in this league is all about giving the lads the chance to develop their game and is not surprised that squad have put last season's difficult year behind them to now show their quality during this campaign.
“Last year we struggled but they had to go through that to come to this and I knew we would start to pick up results because last year we had a team of second year scholars but now they are first year pros and a few second year scholars but their attitude has been good, they have worked hard and they are developing, which is great and they are learning every day about their game. They are listening to the information we are giving them, the sessions are good and they are working hard in the games. It’s a good collective group and working hard for each other and as I say we had to go through last year to get to this year but they have done really well.”
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