Youth team boss praised the characterFleetwood Town youth team manager Nathan Rooney praised his side’s character following a 2-2 draw at home to Walsall on Saturday lunchtime.
Goals either side of a Walsall equaliser from Lewis Baines and Jordan Hancox had the young Codlings ahead, only for Rory Oliver to equalise for the Saddlers late on.
Speaking to the Club’s official website, Rooney was pleased in the manner that his youngsters played throughout the game at Poolfoot Farm.
He said: “I felt the game was the toughest game we’ve had this season. They are an excellent footballing side and it was a good contest to see which level the lads are playing on.
“There were a load of positives as they were the best footballing side I’ve come up against. We created lots of chances.
“There were a few gaps due to a lot of ground to cover, but that’s what you’re going to get against a team who functions well and moves the ball really well.
Rooney reserved a special mention for midfielder Liam Wood, who has become a key part of the youth set-up in recent weeks.
“I think Liam Wood has progressed over the last couple of weeks. He’s showed loads of energy to get himself involved.
“The lads have kept that team spirit, but I think that Liam has performed really well, as has Jordan Hancox who took his goal well.
Town’s next game is an FA Youth Cup tie away at Hartlepool United on Tuesday 3rd November – a fixture that Rooney is relishing.
“We are looking forward to the build-up the game at Hartlepool, we’ve got nine days until the game so we’ll keep it lively and energetic with some friendlies booked in.
“The training won’t change, we’ll just make sure the lads are in peak condition going into what will be a tough game.”