U21s defender Cook disappointed with late leveller

By SFC Media time Mon 04 Apr Club

Saints Under-21s defender Ollie Cook was ‘gutted’ to see his late goal cancelled out in the team’s 2-2 draw with league leaders Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

Martin Hunter’s men had led 1-0 for much of the second half until they conceded on 83 minutes. Cook headed the visitors into a lead with three minutes remaining, only for Sunderland to rescue a point as the clock ticked towards 90.

The defender was frustrated to see the lead slip given that Saints had put themselves in a fine position to take all three points for the third successive game.

“They’re top of the league for a reason,” he highlighted to youtube.com/southamptonfc.

“It is a good result, but to leave it so late we feel a bit gutted, so now we’ll look onto getting a win from the last two games.

“It started off very tight and in the second half it gradually got more open and then by the end it was end-to-end and very, very stretched.

“We said at half time that we needed to control the ball a bit more and get another foothold in the game because we kept getting good possession in their half but we gave it away cheaply at times.

“Everything we said at half time, we did and we just need to keep doing those things right.”

Cook’s goal was his first in 14 appearances at this level, and he was disappointed to see his headed effort not earn a win.

“I’m a centre half so I don’t get them too often!” he said with a smile. “Alfie headed it back across and I flicked it into the corner of the goal.

“I think we dropped too deep after that and let them come on to us. It (equaliser) has come from wide play and the run in at the back post undid us.”

The draw ended a run of four consecutive away games for the team, who finish the campaign with two home matches over the next fortnight which gives the team a chance to end on a high, according to Cook.

“Seven points out of nine with the last three games away from home is something we’d have taken,” he said. “We’ve got two big home games now to finish the season strongly.”

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