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Cooper satisfied with Hatters run out


AFC Bournemouth AFC Bournemouth

AFC Bournemouth under-21s manager, Shaun Cooper, expressed his delight after seeing his side run out 4-1 winners against Luton in a friendly yesterday afternoon.

Christian Saydee bagged a brace, while there were also goals for Nnamdi Ofoborh and Nathan Moriah-Welsh at a wet and windy Canford.

Speaking after the match to afcb.co.uk, Cooper assessed another strong outing for his young side.

“It was another pleasing performance,” he began.

“We spoke before about setting the tone nice and early, coming out and having the fast start and I was delighted with how we began.

“The nature of our first goal in the first minute really affected that.

“Luke Nippard made a really strong challenge in his individual dual, before Nnamdi [Oforboh] went on to score with a really good finish.

“I was really pleased with that and then the boys capitalised on other chances.

“I thought all the goals in the game were excellent – they just seemed to get better each time!”

“If I’m being honest, I think we probably could’ve gone on to score more, but we managed a few tricky spells, they had a few counter-attacks that the boys at the back looked after pretty well.

“It was a little bit end-to-end at times, but we restored our control eventually.”

With the likes of Will Dennis, Jordan Zemura, Gavin Kilkenny and Ofoborh all featuring against Luton, Cooper went on to discuss the example they can set to younger members of the squad.  

“They can learn so much more than just how to play,” he continued.

“I think Nnamdi is a great example with all the energy and enthusiasm he brings to the game and to the team.

“The professionalism and drive to want to win from all of them is something the other lads can observe.

“They can take pointers off them that they can then maybe apply to their own game.”

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