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Hodges Hopes For More

GLYN HODGES believes his side have more to offer after securing a 2-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League on Friday afternoon.

The triumph, secured courtesy of second half strikes from former Portsmouth defender Alex Grant and 17-year-old winger Joel Taylor, saw the side leapfrog their opponents and move into mid-table.

It followed a hard earned 1-1 draw at Sunderland last Monday evening and the 50-year-old told that despite the win he expects higher standards from his players.

"We always knew it was going to be a stern test against Tottenham because they have a good Academy, so to get the three points was really pleasing," he said.

"However, it was probably our best result but worst performance of the season because I felt our passing and decision making was pretty poor."

"You could put it down to the week that they have had but I'm expecting better from them and want the team to learn from each game, whether it's a good or bad performance."

The former Wales international did however reveal that he was pleased his squad were starting to convert their chances in front of goal but still feels there is room for improvement.

"We are getting into good positions but I'm still not happy because we could have scored more away to Sunderland because I thought there were more goals out there for us," he added.

"We also had some good opportunities against Tottenham on the counter attack which we should have scored from.

"Once we get the ball into the box it's all about the players improving their decision making and then hopefully they will start to score even more goals."

The squad now face a two week break from league action before returning to face Middlesbrough and Liverpool in quick succession and Hodges hopes his side can build on their positive start to the year.

"We've got a friendly match against Newcastle Town next Tuesday to fill the void of not having a game for a while which is important because sometimes it's good to have games close together," said Hodges.

"If we can get the same sort of points return as we have from our two previous games when we face Middlesbrough away and then Liverpool at home in a couple of weeks' time then we will be happy."

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