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Meulensteen On A 'Good Journey' For U18s

28 February 2017

U18s captain Melle Meulensteen reflected on a terrific cup run after defeat to Stoke City in the quarter-final clash at Deepdale.

Meulensteen feels that he and his teammates should be proud after becoming the first PNE side to reach the last eight in over 50 years. 

Speaking of the run, the young midfielder said: "It's been a good journey, the games that we've had have been enjoyable and obviously winning them is the best feeling you can get. 

"I think all of the lads should be proud really, the achievement of reaching this stage is great for the club and for us." 

After wins against Sheffield United, Everton and AFC Wimbledon in the previous rounds, the run came to an end against Stoke City on Monday night. 

On the test posed by the Potters, the 17-year-old said: "We knew they were going to be quite physical and big so the plan was to try and pass it, pass it around and play through them.

"I thought we did quite well for periods of the game but unfortunately due to their size it didn't go well for us and that's how we conceded.

"I think if we kept on playing and found a few more pockets then it might have been a different result." 

"We've got really good character here, when things get tough we all dig in and unfortunately tonight it wasn't enough but in the other games we've shown good character to get back in the games. 

Despite the result, it was a fantastic experience for the young side who played in front of over 1,700 at Deepdale. 

"It was a great experience, credit to the club for making it free entry, it helps us all out.

"It's obviously a good experience for us and hopefully if we go on to make it in football we will get used to that game in, game out and it's a little taste of what we could have." 

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