We sealed a memorable victory on the road in the Premier League 2 as Steve Bould’s side claimed the north London derby honours on Friday evening.
Reiss Nelson and Emile Smith Rowe both featured as they looked to regain full fitness before being integrated back into the first-team squad.
The hosts started strongly and would have been ahead had it not have been for Karl Hein’s fantastic save to deny Armando Shashoua from close range.
Chances were few and far between following Shashoua’s effort but Nelson and Smith Rowe were looking sharp when turning defence into attack.
The deadlock was broken in the 38th minute when Tyreece John-Jules’ effort was saved but fell into the path of Robbie Burton, who slammed into the roof of the net from close range.
We then doubled our advantage in first-half injury time when a slick counter-attack allowed Smith Rowe to drive down the right flank before squaring the ball to Trae Coyle, who cushioned the ball into the bottom corner.
Hein was called into action early in the second half when he was quick across his line to palm away Harvey White’s effort from the edge of the box.
Dinos Mavropanos came close to adding a third when he rose highest at a corner but could only direct his header over the bar.
The hosts pulled a goal back with 15 minutes remaining when Harvey White followed up to power into the net from close range following a good save from Hein.
We looked strong at the back before, substitute Nathan Tormey wrapped up the points in injury time when he broke into the box, saw his first shot saved, but fired home the rebound.
WHAT IT MEANS
Steve Bould’s side remain third in the Premier League 2 table below Derby County and Chelsea.
We next face Southampton at home on Saturday, November 23 at 1pm (UK time).
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