Under-18s manager Rob Tuvey wanted more leaders in his side after a difficult start to the season – and captain Isaac Ogundere showed that he was up for the challenge last night.
Defender Isaac’s steely performance at the back was a key part of Wimbledon’s FA Youth Cup win last night, the young Dons upsetting an Oxford side above them in the league table.
Speaking after the game, Rob Tuvey said: “I am absolutely delighted, I thought that the boys stuck to the game plan superbly. If I’m honest, the players seemed to mature as the game went on. That was a proper team performance out there. It wasn’t vintage stuff from us, but without the ball tonight they were absolutely superb. What I seen was leaders come out of this game, and we had voices that I hadn’t heard so far this season. We’ve been improving week in and week out and I thought the players were absolutely brilliant, they got what they deserved.”
Isaac Ogundere added: “I think everyone deserves credit, and it just shows our togetherness as a team. It shows how far we’ve come from the start of the season until now. It shows how we’ve bonded. We managed to see it through in the last 45 minutes, and that’s what it’s all about. It was tough out there, and we had to just see out the game.
“Kwaku (Frimpong, pictured right in the photo above) is a massive presence for our team with the way he conducts the midfield. Off the ball, he plays such a massive part for us, and he’s an important player for us.
“This can give our season a boost. We have another hard game coming up next week against Rotherham (EFL Youth Alliance Cup Final), but first we have to think about Luton.”
Click on the link below to watch Rob Cornell’s full interview with Rob and Isaac.
Pic credit: Steve Edmunds