Radhi Jaidi’s young Saints followed up the full senior debuts of Michael Obafemi and Yan Valery at Leicester with a 7-0 thrashing of Notts County in the PL Cup on Tuesday afternoon to the delight of their coach.
Up by four at half time, the visitors never looked like losing a game that they dominated with composure and no little precision in the final third. The result continues a rich vein of positive momentum emanating from Jaïdi’s side of late.
“It was a really good result,” he said from Ilkeston Town’s New Manor Ground. “The goals came from midfield and the wide areas from overloads which is what we have been working on in the last couple of weeks.
“We told the boys to make the game as easy for themselves as possible especially given the conditions and the heavy pitch. They applied that really well, they controlled the game and made the right decisions.”
Central to Saints’ cutting edge from deep were Will Smallbone and Tyreke Johnson, the pair both picking up hat-tricks as the away side ran riot. It was the latest sign of players stepping up and seizing their opportunities to shine.
“We are talking about two great performances from both; Will put on a couple of assists as well to go with his three goals and we knew Tyreke could exploit them out wide and he took his chances very well when they came.
“We’re happy for Will who has been a little shy in front of goal and now he’s got himself three goals. It will keep confidence high for both and will keep them both pushing to improve even more.
“We were delighted to see Yan and Michael involved at Leicester and even here it has given the chance to younger guys like Kayne Ramsay, Harry Hamblin, Enzo Robise and Alexandre Jankewitz for this game.
“We are trying to show them the path ahead of them and the way we do things as a club and hopefully that will bring some good results for everyone.”