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Rooney eager for more consistency from his players

15 February 2016

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Cod Army's youth team lost at Bury on Saturday morning

Fleetwood youth team boss Nathan Rooney conceded that his team were second best as they lost 2-0 away to Bury on Saturday morning.

Two goals on half time for the home side proved to be the Cod Army’s undoing, as they left Carington empty handed.

Rooney was left frustrated with the result, but says it could have been a different story had the team taken their chances.

He said: “I thought Bury were outstanding. They dominated the ball for large margins.

“If the game had finished 0-0, without a wonder strike, I would still have said Bury were the better team.

“The ball was rolling in their favour a lot more than us. If it did finish 0-0, I’d have probably clapped the lads and said you applied yourselves really well.

“For me there was three clear cut chances where the ball could have gone in. It just comes down to having an end product. On another day, I think two of them go in.

Rooney was encouraged by the individual performances of certain players in the second 45 minutes.

Adding: “In the second half there was an improvement in the midfield three. Their eight was quite dangerous on the shoulder but Lewis Shorrock stopped him getting a second ball.

‘He did well. I need to give credit to Tre Sterling at right centre half today. He didn’t really put a pass wrong and won all his headers, he was dominant.

“Dan was sharp as well today. If he can do that week in week out, and keep himself fresh going into the game he’ll have no problem keeping his number 11 shirt.”

However Rooney feels the next step his team need to make is to show consistency week by week.

“If we look back over the last five games we’ve won two, lost two and drawn one. The boys need to put some consistency together and show they can put back-to-back wins together.

“Having the lads showing us they can put a run together and apply things from the Saturday before is important.”

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