Sondergaard | On clean sheets and gaining first-team experience

Andreas Sondergaard felt the under-23 defence dealt well with the change to a back four in the goalless draw with Burnley having played every game behind a five-man backline since arriving to the club three years ago.

The Danish goalkeeper kept his fourth clean sheet of the Premier League 2 campaign on Monday afternoon and having made the full-time step up into Nuno Espirito Santo’s first-team squad this month, where he learns daily under the tutelage of Rui Patricio and John Ruddy, Sondergaard knows he needs to take that experience into the development squad’s fixtures.

On keeping a clean sheet against the Clarets

“It was a good game and we played really well, we created many chances and defensive-wise we did a good game. I’m always pleased to get a clean sheet, but I think we’re all disappointed that we didn’t get the three points today.

“I’m proud of the boys because it’s a good way to restart the season, with a clean sheet and a good performance, but there’s also that little bit of disappointment because of not scoring from the chances that we created.”

On playing with a back four

“I found it good. I thought we stuck really well together, played well, and I thought it was a good time to play with a back four.

“For me, it didn’t really feel any different than a back five, because we defended well as a team, so I’m really pleased with the performance.

“I don’t think they even had one shot on goal, which just shows how good we were defensively, and we have to move on now.”

On being part of the first-team squad

“I really enjoy training with the first-team and I feel very privileged to be around them and learning from them.

“It’s brilliant training with Rui and John, they’re so good and are both really nice human beings as well, who are always there to help me.

“If I ever have anything that I need assistance with, I know I can ask them, and they will help me in the situations, particularly with the positioning in the goal and different game situations, and I’m really grateful to have that.”

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On bringing that experience to the under-23s

“That experience I get from training with the first-team helps me a lot for the games with the under-23s, but when I play the games, I need to show the quality that I have, do well and put in good performances.

“Today was a good one, although I didn’t have too much to do, but that shows how good we are as a team.

“I’m still young and I need to play games regularly, but I’ve still got to improve and work hard to get the best out of every day, keep trying my best and hopefully the opportunities will come.”