U18 PREVIEW: Olomola out to build on first goal

By SFC Media time Thu 04 Dec U 18

Saints Under-18s striker Olufela Olomola is hoping to build on his first goal of the campaign when West Brom visit the Staplewood Campus on Friday afternoon.

Olomola, who missed much of last season through injury, is continuing to work his way back up to full fitness and grabbed his first goal in the 2-2 draw with Chelsea last week.

He’s now hoping to push on again and build on the run of games he has had in the absence of Marcus Barnes, a player he says he is learning a lot from.

Speaking to youtube.com/southamptonfc, Olomola said: “I was disappointed that we didn’t win the game but I was pleased to score. I thought we could’ve got more out of the game.

“The goal was very important for me. I’ve been out for so long so getting that first goal builds up my confidence. Hopefully I can get another one this weekend. 

“Marcus has been out for a few weeks so I’ve had an opportunity and I’m just trying to take my chance. It was so frustrating missing almost the whole of last season. I just want to get a run of games and some form.

“I’m learning a lot from Marcus. He’s older, I’m picking up on what he does well, watching him in training, looking at the good things he does and hoping to do as well.

“I’m really enjoying it here. It’s a great club to be at, they give youngsters a chance so I’m delighted I made the choice to come here.

“I’ve set targets for the season – hopefully establish myself in the under-18s and maybe get an appearance for the under-21s. I just need to do well and impress Martin [Hunter] and Anthony [Limbrick]."

A win for the under-18s would see them move above West Brom in the Barclays Under-18 Premier League table, and Olomola says despite defeat against them last time, there were plenty of positives to take.

He also believes the spirit among the squad is excellent, and hopes that will stand them in good stead when the FA Youth Cup comes around against West Ham United next Tuesday.

“When we played there, we were unfortunate not to get something out of the game,” Olomola added. “We were all over them so hopefully we can beat them this time.

“We’ve got a good spirit in our team, everyone is together, we all want to win and we know what we need to do. We work hard for each other and that is what has got us the success so far.

“A win would be important because it builds confidence and the morale. The whole team need that to boost us and give us that extra bit in the FA Youth Cup.”

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