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Hodges Proud Of U21 Win

STOKE CITY'S Under-21s manager Glyn Hodges declared himself immensely proud of his group of players after they triumphed over Manchester United last week.

The Potters secured a 1-0 victory over the Reds on Friday courtesy of Adam Thomas' second half header and had to dig deep for the final half hour after Ryan O'Reilly was sent off.

The win saw City record back-to-back victories for the first time this season and after the game Hodges told he was pleased with the performance.

"It was a good win, especially after going down to 10 men so credit to the fitness levels of the lads because they dug in and saw it through," Hodges said.

"I was very pleased with the first half performance in particular because I thought we knocked the ball around well and carved them open a few times but just lacked a cutting edge.

"In the second half it wasn't as pretty to watch and became a bit of a battle after the sending off, but it was a great corner and header and we'll take that.

"Adam has got a quite few goals for us this season and it's not two in two for him after scoring against Reading a fortnight ago.

"I didn't quite expect him to score a header, though, because he was supposed to be on the edge-of-the-box so I don't know how he got there!"

The Potters faced an experienced United side at their Carrington training ground and Hodges said it was a great experience for his players.

"What was pleasing is the fact that Jake Cook, who is a second year scholar, played against a £15 million signing in Wilfried Zaha," he said.

"He only came on for the final 15 minutes but he was buzzing in the changing room afterwards and I thought he coped brilliantly.

"We also had Adam Thomas playing against Fabio and our midfielders came up against Darren Fletcher so to get a win is fantastic."

Hodges' side are next in action against Manchester City in the inaugural Under-21 Cup on 21st November and the former Wales international hopes they can continue their run of form.

"I've been very pleased with how the lads have applied themselves this season and to go and win at places like Manchester United is great," he said.

"They are quite a young team and are doing well. I've said to them half of the battle is about confidence and attitude to get on the ball and express yourself.

"Hopefully they can take heart from the result against United and really push on."

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