Under-21s manager Steve Gatting spoke to Arsenal.com after the defeat to Tottenham on Monday night. Below is a transcript of the interview:
on the performance...It was a hard game for us. Spurs played well and we were a little bit disappointing with our passing, and at times with our defending.
"Spurs played well and we were a little bit disappointing with our passing, and at times with our defending"
on any positives…We made chances as we always do, we had a good 15-minute spell when Sanchez Watt came on and we played like we can play, passing it quickly through midfield with good forward movement and we created chances.
on deserving an equaliser…We had chances to score and at that time of the match I thought we might get back into it, but it was not to be.
on losing a derby…Of course that makes it more disappointing. You don't want to lose any football game, especially not to Spurs. The boys are very down, but as I said to them in the dressing room, perhaps on the night we did not deserve anything.
on what they can learn from it…It was a high-intensity game and what they can learn is that we have to go back on to the training ground and keep working hard and try to improve. We need to look forward, the game is finished so now we have to learn from it.
on the end to the season…We have a couple more games to go, against Wolves and Liverpool, and we need to try to improve on this performance.
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