Academy Notes: Jay Mingi

Charlton Athletic U23s midfielder Jay Mingi spoke to Valley Gold after the recent 4-0 defeat at Coventry City.

The midfielder who signed for the club in the summer of 2019 describes himself as a versatile midfielder/defender told Valley Gold:

“From the beginning of the game, I thought we allowed Coventry to impose their style on us. Within the first few minutes, we were put under pressure and had to make a few last ditch tackles and blocks. Throughout the rest of the first half, we were second best at everything. They dictated the whole tempo throughout the first half, I feel we needed to be braver and get on the ball more to help impose our style on the game as well. We went into half time 2-0.

“In the dressing room during the break, we spoke about how we could get a foothold in the game and bring it back. We established that we had to compete and win first and second balls. The first 10 minutes of the second half was an improvement, we battled hard and also looked to get on the ball and tried the right things. But we gave away a penalty after and struggled allowing our heads to drop which our opposition seemed to relish.

“The score ended 4-0. Although it wasn’t a great day I think the positives we can take from the game is that we played against a very good team, and as a young player you want to play against good opposition. It was also a wake up call for us showing that you have to work well off the ball and in this game, I don’t think we did that well enough.”

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