Arsenal Reserves manager Neil Banfield spoke to Arsenal.com in the aftermath of his side's 2-0 defeat at the hands of Aston Villa on Wednesday night.

See below for the full transcript.

on the result…
We're obviously disappointed with the scoreline but I was very pleased with the way we played on a very difficult pitch and against a very competitive Aston Villa team. I think under pressure we really tried to keep our philosophy on how we want to develop our players and it was a really good game for them considering the pressure Villa put them under when we were on the ball.

on Villa's clinical finishing…

They've taken their chances but maybe we didn't create too much through the possession that we had. But we're developing all the time and we have things to work on. We've lost a few individuals and some of the new players are getting a feel for it but we're getting through OK.

on Arsenal possession…
Absolutely. The game of football is where winning matters all the time now and of course the first-team manager wants to know that you do your job. There's a Club philosophy of how you want to play but you also have a responsibility to your position. You have to mark, tackle, track, head and work properly when you haven't got the ball.

For the first goal we got caught and the second was sloppy - two goals like that are poor from our perspective. That's professional football.

on playing against a well-organised side…

We always play the way the manager wants us to play, which is his vision and philosophy of the first team. That is to keep the ball, move around and retain possession. I think maybe we could have looked a little bit more penetrative at times, to play in behind them maybe, but they are a young team of players learning their game and will be better for it. 

on the young age of the team…

I think the young players here are a credit to what Steve Bould and all the youth departments have done. They come in and it is a seamless transition. Technically they are very good and it just sustains the way we want to play.

I don't think they'll take any time whatsoever to settle into this team. They might find that when they play against some senior players - but that's part of their learning development and that's what our club is all about. The Reserves group is a pathway to the first team, we try to cover everything to make them players for there.

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