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BUCKMAN TAKES THE POSITIVES

11 August 2015



 
Brighton & Hove Albion under-18 coach Ian Buckman reflected on a number of positives from the side's 5-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.
 

Jordan Maguire-Drew was on target for the Seagulls just before half time, but a goal each from Ryan Loft, Zenon Stylianides, Charlie Owens, Kazaiah Sterling and Samuel Shashoua secured victory for Spurs.

Buckman told seagulls.co.uk, “We had a young side out which was unusual for this time of year, but it was a good fixture for the boys to be involved in. We got caught out early in the game with some mistakes and got punished.
 
“We were 3-0 down in the first 25 minutes, so to recover from that position and stay in the game showed a lot of character from the lads. Jordan Maguire-Drew scored for us just before half-time and at that point we stayed in it.

"It involved some good build-up play from Max Sanders and some great movement from Jordan, followed by a clinical finish. He responded well in the second-half from the goal and put in a good performance at centre-forward.
 
“It’s great for the young players to have those challenges and experiences. If we look at the bigger picture, then we can be very optimisitc regarding what has happened in the last fortnight; some of the lads have played in the under-21s and some from the under-16s have featured for us at under-18s level. They’re experiences that will stand them up in good stead for the future.”

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Next up for the under-18s is a match against Swansea City at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre on Saturday and Buckman is relishing the prospect of taking on the Swans.
 
“Swansea will be another good challenge, they’re a good footballing side and play a similar style to us. It should be a good fixture for both teams on Saturday, who will try to use the ball well and control possession. It’s another challenge that we’re looking forward to.”
 
ALBION: Sanchez (GK), Moore, Cox, Meyers, Rolph, Barker, Ajiboye (Hutchinson 80), Davis, Meekums (Cockerin 80), Sanders (Cashman 55), Maguire-Drew.

SUB NOT USED: Hobbs (GK).
 

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