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2012-11-11T14:23:00 Updated 2015-02-19T01:41:40

Hendo's high praise

Ian Hendon had nothing but praise for his young side after they clinched a superb 87th-minute win against Arsenal at London Colney on Friday afternoon.

Rob Hall opened the scoring from the restart, running through the entire Arsenal team before firing past Wojciech Szczesny. Serge Gnabry looked to have salvaged a point for the Gunners but much to the delight of Hendon, Paul McCallum headed home with three minutes remaining.

'The Arsenal side we played are very much like the first team, they keep the ball well and if you get carried away going forward they will punish you on the counter.

"They did it to our first team a few weeks ago but the lads stayed focused throughout the 90 minutes and despite conceding late on we stuck together and hit back to earn a fantastic win."

Last week ended in disappointment for the Development Squad as they lost 3-0 against Reading but Hendon praised his side's response.

"We did not go overboard about the result last week because they had some senior players who performed very well. I was not disappointed and it was a little bit of a learning curve.

'This week we worked very hard on how we wanted to play against Arsenal, we needed to be compact, together and focused and we did just that."

At all levels Arsenal are renowned for their attacking prowess but Hendon's side absorbed the pressure well and limited their creativity.

"They have only got in behind our defence once and Raphael Spiegel was equal to it and did his job. In the first-half they hit the post but apart from that and the goal we coped very well.

'They had a very good amount of possession but we stopped them from creating hardly any openings so it was a job well done from our team."

Hall scored a sensational opener straight from kick-off in the second half but such is Hendon's faith in the striker that he was not surprised by the quality of his strike.

"We encourage the team to get at their opponents from the kick-off and Rob Hall has ran from the halfway line and scored, but that it what he has in his locker - he is a match winner.

"Our defending was also very good. We defended from the front and all of our attacking players knew their defensive responsibilities and carried them out to a tee."

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