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Pleasing aspects for Nicholson as development squad lose at Aston Villa

24 November 2015

Town lose 5-2 at Aston Villa

Fleetwood Town’s young development squad lined up against a star studded Aston Villa side on Tuesday afternoon, losing 5-2 at Bodymoor Heath in Birmingham.

Development coach Barry Nicholson told the Club website certain aspects of Fleetwood Town’s game pleased him but there are areas to improve on.

The Cods came up against a number of recognisable names in a strong Villa line up with former FC Barcelona man Adama Traore the main difference between the two sides.

Nicholson said: “It was a tough game. We came against some top quality players with Premier League experience.

“Looking back, we did play some good football and we are pleased with what we produced on the ball.

“Aston Villa had the likes of Adama Traore playing who used to be at Barcelona and he was on a different level and he alone was the difference between the two sides.

“It was a great test. Both Senderos and N’Zogbia played too so they had a lot of quality and experience on show.

“I thought the boys did well in possession it was just out of possession where we could do to tidy up on a few things.

“It is a great learning curve for some of the younger players. About five or six of the lads are just 18 years of age so it is an excellent experience.

“We didn’t start the game all that well and for the first 20 minutes we did struggle. When we started to make a lot of passes we got ourselves into the game.

“Vamara Sanogo did really well down the right hand side, got a shot off across the goalkeeper which Kieran Dunbar has followed in for a tap in.

“Vamara then won and scored a penalty in the second half. Some of our attacking play was pleasing but we need to tighten up on some of our defensive work.”

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