Hardyman praises professional Saints

By SFC Media Wed 11 Dec Bristol Rovers vs Saints
Photo by Tom Mulholland | Paul Hardyman

Under-18s coach Paul Hardyman commended his young side's 'professionalism' in the wake of their 3-1 FA Youth Cup victory over Bristol Rovers.

Securing a place in the last 32 of the competition, all goals were scored in the second period, with Alex Jankewitz and Sam Bellis (2) both on the scoresheet.

Either Arsenal or Cheltenham Town await in the next round, with the draw having already taken place, but for tonight, Hardyman will settle for a near perfect performance from his youngsters and a bright start to this year's cup campaign.

"Today was one of those days where we got the performance and the result right," he reflected. "First half we were very good, but didn't necessarily capitalise on the chances we created.

"They produced a lot of quality second half. The first goal was really good play, the second is a well taken penalty but the third - anyone would pay money to watch that kind of football.

"The quality of the passing and movement was first class. The only disappointing thing for me is that we conceded, otherwise I'd say the performance was 10/10.

"On paper you would expect Arsenal to qualify [in their third-round tie] but in cup football it doesn't always work out that way. So we'll see.

"We talk about professionalism a lot - and for the lads to come away to Bristol Rovers and play in a big stadium and get a result, I'm pleased. Their attitude was focussed all the way."

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