Daniel King on cup exits, great goals and the youth team
Following the recent reverse against Portsmouth, U18s midfielder Daniel King has spoken in an exclusive interview for the club’s official matchday programme, Blues, about the disappointment of the team at their twin cup exits.
Defeated 3-1 by Oxford United in The FA Youth Cup Second Round at Roots Hall, Blues were then edged out of the Youth Alliance Cup, 2-1, by Portsmouth at Boots & Laces in their next fixture, and King revealed that the experience hurt.
“We’re a bit disappointed at losing to Portsmouth. We were on top for most of the game, and we just needed another goal which would’ve helped us push on. As we didn’t get it, they came back strongly and took their opportunity whereas we didn’t,” he said.
“It’s been very annoying. They’re both big cups; we wanted to do well in them and push on in both, especially The FA Youth Cup. After going out of that, we thought we needed a big push to get through in the Youth Alliance Cup, and we didn’t get through there either, so it is disappointing.”
And King was especially disappointed having scored the goal that ensured Southend qualified for the knockout stages of the competition: “I was glad I got the goal to put us through in this competition against Stevenage. It was a good goal. I was hoping I could maybe have got another one today to put us through, but it didn’t happen,” he mused.
You can read more about Daniel King’s ten years at the club, including his exploits within Southend’s European Tour Programme, his conversation from a right-back to a holding midfielder and his aspirations to link up with the senior squad, in Friday’s edition of Blues, priced at just £3.