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Rooney: The players need to enjoy the victory

4 November 2015

Young Cod Army progressed to the second round

Fleetwood Town youth team manager Nathan Rooney hailed a dominant performance as his youth team side overcame Hartlepool united at Victoria Park on Tuesday evening.

A second half brace from in-form forward Mamadou Djabi confirmed the young Codlings’ safe passage into the second round of the FA Youth Cup.

After his side triumphed under the floodlights at Victoria Park, Rooney offered his thoughts to the Club’s official website.

Rooney said: “It has been a really heavy seven to nine days with the training we’ve done.

"The adrenaline was pumping from the morning onwards, but the main thing was to keep level headed, because I knew this team can play football.

“It was an exciting game and something a little different. There were fans in the background with something else to cheer about and we played in a proper stadium.

“I think it was key to get these boys playing with a no disappointment attitude. We trained them at peak condition for nine days so it was all about applying it with the mentality to keep going.

“I always knew that there was too much quality in the team to not get something here. My message to them was to just tidy a few little things up.

“The lads and myself have to enjoy the victory because I like to see a bit of evidence and that the work is going into play.

“We hadn’t played Hartlepool before, so it was nice to see someone else from a different league and see what the potential is out there.”

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