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Rooney happy with youth team's development after Wigan win

27 September 2015

Town beat the Latcis at Robin Park on Saturday morning

Fleetwood Town youth team manager Nathan Rooney was impressed with his side’s display as they beat Wigan on Saturday morning.

Striker Mamadou Djabi scored twice to help the young Cod Army win on the road, and halt a run of two successive defeats.

On reflection, Rooney was happy his players came through a tough encounter to register a valuable three points.

He said: “The game was very even throughout, even when Wigan went down to 10 men just before half time.

“We knew what Wigan threw at us, but I think we matched them up in all areas and we created plenty of chances. We only took two of them but it was a very enjoyable morning.”

The game changed on 40 minutes when the Latcis were reduced to 10 men, and Town’s boss was pleased at the way his boys adapted after a difficult spell.

“When a player gets sent off everyone always thinks that we’re going to get more time on the ball, but for a small margin of the second half that wasn’t the case.

“Wigan kept switching it and we had to change our shape. It was a test of good management, and a good set of 22 players out there.”

Rooney was particularly satisfied with his defence keeping a clean sheet, and the performance of goalkeeper Elliott Wynne, who returned from injury to play the full 90 minutes.

“The clean sheet has come from many things. We can put it down to 10 men, or we can put it down to good communication at the back.

“Overall the lads have dealt with long ball, short ball and crosses coming into the box so they are now applying training into games.

“I remember Elliott’s last line of defence header in the first half, he dealt with that very well.

“At the end of the day, the game’s about competition. You want to go out there and give me a headache about team selection. Elliott’s gone out there and done really well.”

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