FA Youth Cup: Danny Payne delighted as Welwyn Garden City show no mercy in FA Youth Cup win over Buckingham Athletic
PUBLISHED: 15:17 05 October 2018 | UPDATED: 15:17 05 October 2018
Welwyn Garden City U18 manager Danny Payne was delighted with his side’s ruthless aggression as they brushed Buckingham Athletic aside in the FA Youth Cup.
Leading 3-0 at half-time, the young Citizens came out all guns blazing in the second period to bag a further six goals and complete a 9-0 win.
And it was exactly the reaction that Payne, who also captains the Herns Lane club’s first team, wanted.
He said: “We knew the game was done at half-time but as coaches we didn’t praise them as we weren’t happy with the first half.
“We gave it away 26 times in the final third which is not like us, we’re usually more clinical, so that was something we spoke about.
“You can’t afford to do that at any level so we set them a target and told them to be ruthless and clinical and show more quality.
“And they definitely did that in the second half so I’m very happy with the performance.”
Key to the victory, as well as the undoubted skill of the squad, was their tempo, which started at breakneck speed and didn’t let up for the whole 90 minutes.
“We knew we could press them and win it high and that’s what was so frustrating,” said Payne. “Our final pass or final shot wasn’t quite good enough in the first half.
“But this is a fit group of lads, they train regularly and they look after themselves as they all want to be professional footballers and we encourage that as much as we can.”