Baltacha hails Charlton U18s’ “outstanding performance” in FA Youth Cup win at QPR

Sergei Baltacha labelled his side’s performance as “outstanding” after they beat Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road on Tuesday night to reach round four of the FA Youth Cup.

The young Addicks controlled the game from the off and led through Luke Carey’s 23rd-minute opener, only for Leandro Ribeiro to level for the R’s before the break.

But an Albie Morgan penalty and an outrageous strike from Alfie Doughty, which he struck from inside his own half, ensured they the south-east Londoners progressed into the next round. 

Afterwards, Baltacha was full of praise for his team and said that they feel ready to face anyone later in the competition.

“It was an outstanding performance and, so far, our best one of the season,” he said. “The boys stuck to our game-plan; they were brave and they won battles collectively and individually. 

“We wanted to come here and to be positive in our attacking shape, to use possession well and to counter attack when we had the chance to, and we did. Our individual performances and team performance was outstanding. 

“The boys showed their character after QPR equalised. The first half was very intense and we managed to dominate and did not allow QPR much time or space on the ball. 

“We stopped them from delivering balls into our box and in the second half we wanted to keep up that same level of performance. 

“We are not afraid of anyone in the next rounds and we feel ready for anyone.”

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