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Mark's praise for defence

25 September 2014

Mark Howard reserved special praise for United's back four, in particular youngster Harrison McGahey, following Tuesday's Capital One Cup victory at Leyton Orient.

The goalkeeper, who was also skipper at the Matchroom Stadium, deputising for Michael Doyle, felt the back to basics approach was necessary having conceded seven goals in away fixtures at Colchester and Swindon previously.‚Äč

The stopper, who had very little meaningful action against the O's, felt that was testimony to his team-mates in front of him, with Howard quick to commend the character shown by his defenders.

He remarked: "It is never nice to be shipping a lot of goals, I absolutely hate conceding goals, so to have let in as many as we have done of late has been massively disappointing, with most of them being avoidable.

"So to go away from home in a cup tie against a good side in Leyton Orient and keep a deserved clean sheet was satisfying and pleasing for all concerned.

"It would have been easy to get down in the dumps about the Swindon game, but to a man we reacted in a positive manner.

"Harrison (McGahey) impressed in midweek and for someone so young and inexperienced he just takes everything in his stride. He has a real willingness to learn and he will only improve with the more games he plays.

"He will have been helped by having the likes of Neill Collins and Craig Alcock alongside him too, they are experienced players who know about the highs and lows of football and Bob Harris also produced a strong performance at left-back."

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