UNDER-21S

04/09/2009 10:10, Report by Steve Bartram

Reserves on a roll

Joe Dudgeon feels United’s Reserves are building up menacing momentum, after Thursday’s 2-1 win over Wigan.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Warren Joyce’s side are unbeaten since early March, 16 competitive games ago, and recovered from the concession of an early goal to see off a spirited young Wigan side at Moss Lane.

In recent seasons, the Reserves’ fixtures have been sporadic at best due to  a glut of postponements, and Dudgeon feels the Reds are benefiting from having an uninterrupted fixture list this term.

“Once we get into a rhythm, play a lot of games and get playing our football, we’re really difficult to stop,” the defender told MUTV. “Once we stop, it’s not good for us.

“We’ve just got to keep playing. I’ve had a good start to the season, I think, and we’ve all done well. It’s a team and we haven’t conceded that many goals and we’ve scored a lot. Now we have to keep going and keep doing the same.”

Dudgeon and his colleagues came in for some rough treatment from the Latics on Thursday, but he insists that the Reds are used to overcoming physical opposition.

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Strength in Reserve

Reserves' record since defeat at Sunderland (2 March, 2009)

Middlesbrough (H) FAPRL 1-0
Manchester City (A) MSC 1-0
Liverpool (A) FAPRL 2-2
Rochdale (A) LSC 4-1
Hull City (H) FAPRL 4-0
Middlesbrough (A) FAPRL 1-0
Newcastle United (A) FAPRL 3-3
Everton (H) FAPRL 2-0
Preston North End (A) LSC 4-0
Newcastle United (H) FAPRL 1-1
Sunderland (H) FAPRL 2-0
Bolton Wanderers (A) MSC 1-0
Bolton Wanderers (A) LSC 1-0
Bolton Wanderers (A) FAPRL 3-1
Bury (H) MSC 5-0
Wigan Athletic (H) FAPRL 2-1