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NATHAN KERR: "WE GROUND IT OUT"

19 November 2015

Speaking after the FA Youth Cup win at Cambridge United last night, second year scholar Nathan Kerr told us the team stuck at their task and got the job done.

Weather conditions heavily favoured the home team in the first half but the Northern Irish youth international was pleased with how his team managed in the circumstances, telling us, "For the first 20 minutes they pinned us down and had a good couple of chances. They could have been a few goals up but we stuck at it. We realised they were going to sit off us so we just had to be patient and build up from the back. It wasn't our best performance with the ball but we ground it out.

"We weren't really at the races tonight but the boys stuck at it and we got the job done in the end."

The game saw Nathan start at left-back before moving into a midfield role for the final 20 minutes and this versatility is something he hopes will help him as he looks to impress in the final year of his scholarship.

"I sat down with Darren (Sarll) last year to talk about my position and he said having a number of positions would be beneficial. I don't mind left-back or playing in midfield, as long as I'm involved, whether that's for the Under-18s or for the first team in Herts Senior Cup or pre-season fixtures."

Last night's victory made it four wins from the team's last five games with Saturday's 2-1 home defeat to Gillingham the only defeat since mid-October. The team returns to Youth Alliance action next Tuesday with a return trip to Cambridge and Nathan predicted a more relaxed performance.

"Tonight was quite tense, being the FA Youth Cup, so hopefully we'll be more relaxed. We'll get the ball down and put tonight's performance right and this win should put us back on track. Before Gillingham we were doing quite well on a little run, so hopefully we can crack on from here."



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