Our development squad stretched their unbeaten run in Premier League 2 to 17 games with last night's victory over Arsenal and returned to the top of the table.
Goals from Armando Broja and Billy Gilmour helped Andy Myers's men come from behind at Boreham Wood and leapfrog Leicester back to the top of the PL2 table, with five games remaining.
Afterwards, Myers reflected on the victory and the impact of Gilmour, who has recently moved into the first team dressing room as the next stage of his development.
On the result and performance...
'It was a game of two halves,' he said. 'I know its cliché. We shaded the first half and deserved to go in at 2-1 up because we had most of the ball and looked quite comfortable at times. We played really well and deserved our lead at the break
'In the second half, Arsenal's mentality changed having gone in 2-1 down but we dug deep - our mentality to keep going and going was a credit to the team. I think it’s down to the way they train day-in, day-out that has got them through the game. There are not many sessions where they don’t work hard or do the right things. Working with the S&C [strength and conditioning] lads to get their fitness up paid off tonight and it was a display of really good mentality and togetherness which I think they’ve had all season.'
Gilmour assisted Broja's opener before finding the back of the net himself on the stroke of half-time. Myers was happy to have the captain involved in his team last night and has no doubt the Scotland Under-21 international will make the most of his recent first team promotion.
'If I didn’t have Billy tonight, I’d still be just as happy for him,' continued Myers. 'As a group of staff in the Academy, the job is to get players over there [in to the first team]. It’s in Billy’s mentality to do things right and he goes over there and applies himself well.
'I’m happy to get him tonight but also disappointed because I want him to get into that first team matchday squad but he’s doing the right things at the moment and is part of the training group so long may that continue.'
On the remaining five PL2 games...
'We’ve lost five players in the window, some leaving and some going out on loan so five younger players have stepped up they were a credit to themselves,' he added.
'It just shows what’s going on in the Academy. I’m happy to be top of the league but there’s still five games to go so we’ve not achieved anything yet. We don’t all the work we are doing to tail off at the business end of the season.
'With the mentality they are showing, I’d be happy no matter what because the team have been great to this point and the work going on in the Academy is coming through for all to see. It’s a testament to everyone in the building.'
The young Blues have to wait a fortnight before their next PL2 outing, at home to Everton on Monday 2 March. Before then, our Under-18s continue their quest to reclaim the FA Youth Cup with a quarter-final at Stamford Bridge against Millwall. That takes place next Thursday 27 February, kick-off 7pm, and tickets are available to purchase online now.