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Dan Senda proud of young Bees despite cup exit

12 December 2019

Barnet Under 18s Head Coach Dan Senda felt proud of his players after they were narrowly edged out in the FA Youth Cup against AFC Bournemouth.

Senda's side found themselves four goals behind at the break but staged a fightback as goals from Wraynel Hercules, Enrico Greco and Okem Chime cut the score to 4-3. 

However, the Cherries held on to their lead meaning the young Bees memorable FA Youth Cup run came to an end at the Third Round. 

Despite the disappointment of elimination, Senda emphasised his pride at the performance of his side and this season's cup run. 

"We've enjoyed every single round, there have been many different challenges throughout the whole tournament."

"We can be immensely proud of every single one of them, all the players, all the staff and everyone who has been involved. 

"Sadly we have been knocked out by a very good Bournemouth team and we wish them all the luck in the next round."

The Premier League hosts had a strong 15-minute spell at the end of the half and their clinical nature saw them lead by four at the break. 

The young Bees head coach felt that the Cherries clinical nature was the only difference in an otherwise even opening 45 minutes. 

"The game plan was to get in their half and put them under maximum pressure. I felt we created chances, but their quality shone through.

"Even at four down, we felt we were still in the game and we came out a lot better in the second half.

"It would have been easy for the boys to lose their heads, we wanted them to have a calmness and care in the final third. That is exactly what we did."

Martyn Box went off on a stretcher with a nasty looking injury, after he put in a tremendous block to deny the Cherries. 

But thankfully Senda confirmed that the injury is not as bad as first feared. 

"It was a brave challenge and at the time it looked quite serious. Fortunately, the physios assessed him and he is up on his feet, it was more the shock of the tackle as heard a click in his back.

"Precaution comes first when we're talking about players' backs, but he is fine." 

You can watch Senda's full post-match interview below

 

 


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