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Rooney: We still need to work on parts of our game

5 September 2015

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Youth side continued their fantastic start to the season

Youth team manager Nathan Rooney gave an honest reflection of his side following their 3-2 win against Lancashire rivals Morecambe.

Rooney, though pleased with the win, still believes there are parts of the game his youthful side can still learn from having worked well to win after going behind early on.

Speaking after the game, he said: “I was pleased with the outcome after a couple of scenarios we’d given the lads through the week.

“I’m not happy with the overall performance because we’ve put a good 10 and a half hours into the lads this week and not really getting the evidence of what they’ve shown in training.

“Within the first five minutes we were one down, they split us open like a hot knife through butter.

“It was a wake-up call for them and a wake-up call for me.

“We had to manage the game for the next ten minutes and from there we kick-started and controlled the first half to the break.

He added: “The first goal was from a set-piece, we’ve worked on them over the last few days and did a presentation last night.

“This was the first one with a bit of quality, we’d had a few previously in the first few minutes of the game but the quality wasn’t there.

“This time the quality was there and we made it 1-1.

“We ruffled their feathers because we were very direct down the flanks, heads down trying to get our wingers one-on-one trying to execute a few things.

“We picked up in the second ball, went down the flank and Jordan Hanox put his head on the line and it rolled past the goalkeeper to make it 2-1 at half-time.”

Continuing: “Morecambe, to their credit, wanted the game more than we did in the second half.

“From the 45th to the 80th minute we were on the back foot.

“We’ve got to be honest about that and apply it in training next week, but we had that bit of cleverness and guile from Gerrard Garner who found Mama’s movement to put us 3-2 up for the win.”

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