The lung busting, high energy performances of Mauricio Pochettino’s side was replicated throughout the game by the youngsters, and Dodd is encouraging his players to maintain that approach.
“They’re 16 years and above so they should be used to hard-work!” he quipped to saintsfc.co.uk. “We had Sam McQueen who lasted 88 minutes again and was fantastic as were most of the boys, so we want them to come off and not have anything left in their locker. You don’t want to look at yourself in the mirror and say, ‘I could have done a bit more’ because we won’t be having that.
“These players want to be near the first team so we’re seeing what the first team are doing because they have been fantastic since the new staff have come in. The players are seeing the games and we’ve been watching clips of the first team game against Manchester City where they were pressing the opposition, so the lads know what they’re doing and will try to implement it for us as well. It’s really pleasing that the things we’re doing during the week are happening for us on a Saturday.
“In the first couple of games against Chelsea and Reading we put it into the players to prepare defensively, and we’re actually thinking well, what are our strengths? The answer is they’re our attacking players like Sam Gallagher, Ryan Seager, Sam McQueen, Jake Flannigan etc. we’ve got goals in the team, so let’s go and be expressive in the final third and see if we can work on our defending in the background.”