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Youth: Bowley not too disheartened despite defeat

5 October 2014

Youth Coach admits it's a learning curve for the players

Mark Bowley revealed that he is not too disheartened following Saturday's 4-0 defeat to Rochdale in the Youth Alliance League.

The young Cod Army were beaten against their counterparts on what was a blustery day in Lytham, and Bowley stated the result doesn't concern him with Town heavily plagued by recent injuries which forced the coaching staff into late changes heading into the game.

He admitted that it was a learning curve for the young scholars who are all aiming to gain professional contracts at with the Club.

Speaking to the official Club website after the game, he said: "We can't be too disheartened with the result as we had several injuries to six players within the squad.

"We had five school boys in the set up, so we knew we would always be up against it. They (Rochdale) are a very good side at this level.

"Our need is to now bounce back in the fixtures to follow so we need to be positive in our performance next time out.

Fleetwood relied upon several schoolboy scholars making their youth débuts today, including both Jack O'Leary and striker Conor Finlayson, who both impressed when they made brief cameos in the second half.

Bowley stated that plans are already in place for the week ahead, with the Cod Army coach confident that once injuries are over they will be in a much better position.

"The younger youth team players who made their débuts did well when they came on. It's a learning curve for them.

"But we need to get those key players that make us tick back from their injuries.

“It has been hard for us recently as we have had to rely on the school boys who have come in and done well in the training sessions over the last week or so, and have got their deserved chance in the matchday set up.

"We need to cut out the sloppy play in our game as we can't afford to do this at this level or else other teams will punish you."



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