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Saka - ‘We had to get on with it’

Matchwinner Bukayo Saka said he drew on his experience in the Hale End Academy to adapt to the artificial pitch away to Bodo/Glimt on Thursday.

Our opponents had racked up 14 straight home wins in European competition before tonight, but Saka’s first half bundled goal changed all that.

Afterwards the forward – who lined up alongside fellow academy products Reiss Nelson and Eddie Nketiah – said the pitch took a bit of getting used to.

“Yeah, it did. You know, it was skidding across the floor really fast and stuff like this. But that’s not an excuse you know, a lot of us have grown up (on it). Myself at Hale End, I played on astroturf pitches a lot. So it’s no excuse you know, we just have to play our game and get on with it.

“It’s a very difficult place to come and we left here with three points, so we have to just take it and focus on Sunday now.”

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