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Rooney: We showed a great resilience to pick up a point

13 March 2016

Town's youth team drew with Accrington Stanley on Saturday

Fleetwood Town youth team manager Nathan Rooney was happy with how his young side fought back to gain a point against Accrington Stanley in the North West Youth Alliance on Saturday morning.

A late glancing header from Louis Myers cancelled out Reuben Dass’ first half opener at Lytham Cricket Club, with Rooney giving his reaction to the Club’s official website following the conclusion of the encounter against their East Lancashire opponents.

Rooney said: “The game was an exciting one. I thought it was the same story as the Morecambe one with the possession.

“We dictated the play but didn’t really have an intent to it, we kept the ball for very large periods again, but there wasn’t much end product to it.

“Overall, I was happy to see the lads show that resilience to get the draw at the end.

“At half-time, we needed to get the message out to the players that the short-range game wasn’t going to work against a well-structured Accrington side, so we had to mix up our passing game and eventually it worked by getting
more crosses into the box.

“There were spells when we were on the back foot in the second-half, I think we were trying to play guess who at times when we didn’t have the ideas on the ball, and the lads have to understand that the game doesn’t change, our plan never changes.

Rooney also reserved special praise for defender Nathan Sheron, who travelled with the first team squad for the League One fixture away at table-topping Burton Albion.

Rooney concluded: “I’m over the moon for Nathan. I said to the senior staff that over the last 12 weeks, he has been the most consistent performer who hasn’t put a foot wrong. He plays the game in a very simple way, but very effective.”

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