on the performance…
I was delighted really, from back to front everybody gave a good account of themselves. They tried to play the right way, and mixed it up between patience and penetration. It was excellent - I wasn't disappointed with anyone at all.

on the first goal…
Blackburn came and put a lot of bodies behind the ball and you have to work to break them down, and that is what we did eventually. There were two really good forward runs by Chuba Akpom and Sanchez Watt, who got in behind them and Chuks Aneke found him with a really clever pass.

on being in control…
No we weren't [tested defensively] but the situations that the defenders had to deal with, they did well. Iggy Miquel and Danny Boateng weren't under a vast amount of pressure, but when they had to defend little balls down the sides they either intercepted or made sure the forwards couldn't turn. So there are good habits throughout the team.

on Tony Roberts being on the bench…
It is not something that we'd normally do, but with the first-team goalkeepers we were unsure who was fit, and then below that level three of the younger ones are out injured who would otherwise have been on the bench. One thing about Tony when you see him in training is that he has all the habits that good goalkeepers have - he hates getting beaten. Sometimes you can go without a goalkeeper on the bench, but I think it is unfair on the rest of the team if something happens like it did on Monday [against Bolton] when you have a goalkeeper sent off after 20 minutes. Then you have to put an outfield player in goal, and I don't think that helps anybody. So we erred on the side of safety.

on gaining two wins at Emirates Stadium…
My assessment is that we don't want to leave - we want to stay here! It has been fantastic and the games at the Emirates have been great for the players, we have had really good support and I think a lot of the supporters will go away and say that they were glad they came.

on the start of the NextGen Series…
It will be very interesting to see what the quality is like. We have a group of players who are at the right age to play in that, so it will be another good test to see where they are.

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