Date: 3rd December 2014 at 10:52am
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Tony Humes has moved t dispel the myth that his side is ‘not too young’ after the six-nil thrashing against Milton Keynes Dons on Saturday afternoon.

A lot of effort has been focused on building a young side with plenty of products brought through the academy system that the U’s pride themselves on with that meaning that 15 of the 18-man squad at the weekend were under the age of 24, in fact that average age of the starting XI was just 22.

Humes told BBC Essex that it was too easy to blame that as the factor for the defeat, it was because we were ‘outclassed and out-thought’ and the age wasn’t a factor in many of the other games, we just weren’t at it.

The boss said: ‘Age doesn’t matter. We played the last 14 or 15 games with the same players – and they’ve stood up to it. For some reason today it didn’t happen.’

I think he’s right, you can’t suddenly start playing that cards when you get soundly beaten!

What he is now demanding though is that we ‘knuckle down and come back fighting’ against Peterborough United in the FA Cup second round tie, which is being shown live on TV on Sunday.

Humes added in the Gazette: ‘We have a lot of work to do because we have to pick the players up but I expect them to turn up for training and work their socks off, to prove they`re worthy of being in the team on Sunday.’

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