Butterfield: "You can sense the determination"

By SFC Media time Fri 16 Mar Saints v Reading
Photo by James Bridle | Danny Butterfield

Under-18s coach Danny Butterfield is pleased with his young side's continued hunger in training, and determination for a starting shirt, after such a long break in fixtures.

The snow had disrupted the Under-18s league schedule, but Butterfield is sure his youngsters remain focussed in the lead up to their final five games of the campaign.

Staplewood Campus is set to host Reading tomorrow morning, with the chance of closing the gap on Arsenal, as Saints go in pursuit of a top two league finish.

"One or two of the boys have returned to fitness, but we've still got long-term injuries," Butterfield commented. "There is still that air of competitiveness for places, and the lads have had a break, so we'll find out whether or not that'll be a positive.

"The momentum of playing week in week out was great for our form, but let's hope we can pick up where we left off against Reading.

"We want to see consistency, we've had our fixtures disturbed by the snow, so it's up to the boys to refocus. Individually the boys have progressed hugely, and as a team we've had a successful league campaign.

"You can sense the determination among the boys to finish positively. They want to keep pushing.

"They believe that they can pinch second place, or even push Chelsea all the way. We want to breed a winning mentality, and for the boys to take that in to the rest of their careers."


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