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Rooney upbeat despite narrow defeat at Rochdale

21 September 2015

Young Cod Army had gone ahead in Greater Manchester

Fleetwood Town youth boss Nathan Rooney remained upbeat despite seeing his side lose at Rochdale in the North West Alliance League at the weekend.

It was the young Cod Army’s second defeat in a row having started the season with three wins from their first four league matches.

Mamadou Djabi continued his tremendous goal scoring form with his sixth of the season from the penalty spot.

Manager Rooney was pleased about his team’s overall display, but rued missed opportunities.

He said: “Over the last few weeks on average we’ve created about nine or ten chances a game. The lads will now need to learn how to put games to bed.

“At the moment they tend to build confidence when something goes right for them. We’re all human beings, that’s always going to happen.

“But they need to be positive when things aren’t quite going our way. This team can create chances, but we’re not quite taking them.”

Rooney, who was appointed youth team manager in the summer, believes his players have the ability to bounce back next week when they take on Wigan.

Adding: “I am confident but I’ve also got to be realistic from where these boys have come from.

At the end of the day we need to stop looking at results for five minutes and just know who’s knocking on the door.

“Teams will know where our strengths lie. I think what our lads need to do is now adapt on the pitch.

“We’re a team that will be there or thereabouts definitely. I think we’ve already proved that from our start to the season.

“We’re all doing what we need to be doing, so we’ll do alright this season.”

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