Assistant Coach Omer Riza pin-pointed the key contributions of three first-team players as the Under-23 side got back to winning ways with a thumping win over Crystal Palace.
The team have seen their lead at the top of the Professional Development League erode on the back of two defeats and two draws, but they announced their return to form by beating the Eagles with plenty to spare at Vicarage Road.
Kane Crichlow, Domingos Quina and Jayden Bennetts got the goals to garnish what must rank as the best team performance of the season – and the report back to Head Coach Nigel Pearson will be glowing when the performances of his squad are discussed.
Dan Bachmann made a terrific save on 12 minutes, scooping one out of the path of a Palace forward who was ready to pounce. It proved a crucial intervention as Crichlow then went up the other end and scored the opener.
“It was a great save, an important save,” said Riza. “If they had scored first then it could have been a totally different game. He led from the back as captain and kept talking to the boys throughout.”