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BEDS FA SENIOR CUP SEMI-FINAL GALLERY & REACTION: BEDFORD TOWN 0-1 LUTON TOWN

7 February 2018

Town Professional Development Phase Lead Coach Inigo Idiakez was delighted with his side's performance as they overcame tough conditions to beat Bedford Town 1-0 with a last-gasp goal at The Eyrie to reach the Bedfordshire FA Senior Cup final.

Captain Frankie Musonda got on the end of Jack Senior's cross in the second minute of injury time to see a youthful Hatters XI past the Eagles right at the death of a tightly contested fixture.

Idiakez said: "I am delighted. I think we did really well in the first half in difficult conditions. We had a lot of possession throughout the game but didn't really create anything in the first half and the second half was a bit scrappy.

"Both teams had to play long balls and try to win second balls in this kind of game. In the end we managed to score a goal and we reached the final, which everyone in the changing room is obviously happy about.

"I am pleased with them, because I know these sorts of games can be good or really bad, but we played well and that's what I am happy with."

In the first 45 minutes it was clear the Hatters were trying to stick to their usual passing style, but with that approach not able to break down the hosts, Idiakez's side tried sending balls over the Bedford defence, which in the end helped them win the game.

"I think we certainly tried to play in the first half, which was a bit better, but it was really difficult conditions," Idiakez continued. "The ball was bobbling all the time, so it was difficult.

"So we changed for the second half and just went a little bit more direct and play off second balls, as well as try to get crosses into the box. It was not the best game to watch to be honest, but we're going to the final and the team are happy about this.

"Two finals in a year is good, considering we started the year quite badly. So to think we have reached two finals and qualify for the EFL Youth Alliance Merit League 1, we are really proud of what we have achieved lately."

As well as Musonda, fellow first teamers Jack Senior, Akin Famewo and Aaron Jarvis all played the full 90 minutes, with Idiakez more than happy with the attitude those four showed coming into his side.

"It's difficult circumstances for them," he added. "They have to play because they need minutes as they probably haven't been involved in first team football as much as they would have liked. But when they have come into work with me, they have been excellent."


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