Butterfield: We were below par

By SFC Media time Sat 17 Mar Saints v Reading
Photo by James Bridle | Fleming & Butterfield

Academy coach Danny Butterfield was disappointed with an uncharacteristic Under-18s performance at Staplewood, as his young side were pegged back by visitors Reading.

Saints gleaned a point from the tie, but perhaps didn't showcase as much quality as what has been on offer since the turn of the year, with Butterfield commenting that he felt the squad lacked sharpness after a three week break in fixtures.

Despite that, the Under-18s unbeaten streak - dating back to October - continues, and Saints' youngsters now have a couple of weeks on the training field before their next game in early April.

"It was a disappointing performance if you compare it with the standards we've set this season," Butterfield asserted. "There weren't many individual performances that were of the level we expect.

"The positive out of it is that we've managed to get a point, and Adam Parkes made some good saves late on to guarantee the point.

"On Monday we need to get back on the training pitch, and get back to what they're good at because we were below par today.

"We had boys returning from injuries, but I would say as a whole we weren't totally at the races. We're out of the routine of games, which isn't helpful, but the positives are that we've collected a point, and that unbeaten run is maintained since last October."


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