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Under-21s

Saydee - I'm loving every minute

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Christian Saydee has admitted that he couldn’t be happier, as he continues to shine for the under-21s.

The youngster netted twice in this afternoon’s friendly win at Oxford, as Shaun Cooper’s side gear up for their Central League Cup final against Carlisle at the end of the month.

It’s the second game in a row where Saydee has got on the scoresheet, having also found the target against Bristol Rovers last week, and he is full of confidence as the season nears its end.

After today’s game against the Yellows, he spoke about the part he played in the win.

“I’m very pleased with my contribution,” he began.

“I’ve been trying to score more goals recently and doing that in last week’s friendly has given me a little confidence booster to keep on going. Hopefully I can keep doing that for the rest of the season.

“I’ve been trying to get in the box for crosses and really concentrate on the finishing. To be honest though, I feel like I could’ve scored way more than two today.

The striker went on to talk through his two goals, citing fellow forward Jaidon Anthony as key for the opener.

“Whenever Jaidon plays, I always know what he wants and the combinations here and there,” Saydee continued.

“For the first, he’s stepped in front of me, he’s sizzed it and I’ve gone to play it back but the defender’s intercepted it, so I’ve used my body to get in the way and reverse it into the bottom corner.

“With the second, I was going to play it to Keelan [O’Connell] but then it got shut off, so I just kept the ball close to my feet and when that gap opened up, I got past the defenders and slotted it away.

“There’s no better feeling than just scoring goals. Before the last couple of the games, I hadn’t been doing that but it’s such a good feeling.”

With the goals coming thick and fast at the moment, the 19-year-old admitted that he couldn’t be happier.

Saydee has featured regularly for the under-21s, is often seen training with the first team and he’s even featured on the bench in Championship and FA Cup fixtures.

For the forward, it’s certainly turning into an enjoyable campaign: “I’m loving it, just everything about it.

“At the start of the season, I was trying to get back to doing good things and just concentrating on football.

“I wanted to concentrate on my technique and little things like that that would make me a better player.

“I also have been trying to improve my fitness and for me personally, I feel like I have improved. I’m no longer just using my strength and I’ve managed to improve other things.

“I think it’s really paid off and I’m loving every minute at the moment.”

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