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Murray delighted with progress in Lancashire FA Cup

11 January 2017

Club News

Murray delighted with progress in Lancashire FA Cup

11 January 2017

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Development Squad head coach reacts after win over Shrimps

Fleetwood Town Development Squad head coach Paul Murray applauded his side’s performance against Morecambe, as they qualified for the Lancashire Senior Cup semi-finals.

The Cod Army won 4-0 at Poolfoot Farm on Tuesday afternoon, with young striker Gerard Garner grabbing a hat trick with three well taken goals which can be seen here.

Murray was forced to name a youthful side, with a number of usual starters taking part in a behind closed doors friendly at Bury, and he was happy with how the young team performed.

“Obviously Ged (Garner) took his opportunity by scoring a hat trick, but I thought they did well on the whole,” said Murray.

“We had to match their enthusiasm, their commitment and endeavour, which we did, and I was pleased with the result.

“I watched them play against that youth team (Morecambe) and they got beat 4-1 and got bullied a little bit.

“That’s what I told them, it’s your chance to get a little bit of revenge. I thought they acquitted themselves quite well.”

Murray was also impressed with the improvement his side demonstrated following last week’s match against Burnley, and paid credit to his more experienced players for leading the side to victory.

“We weren’t really up for it quite as much as today and I asked for that enthusiasm in the final third, getting your shots off and creating chances and I thought we did that really well.”

“Our midfield three against their two were definitely better. Ollie (Roberts), (Elliot) Osborne and (Thomas) Grant have played with the first team, they did really well there and I was pleased with that department.

“You’ve got Matt (Urwin) is goal who’s an experienced one as well. He was skipper today, from the back he’s organising, that’s what he does as a skipper and I was pleased with that.”

Looking forward, Murray is targeting the cup as a winnable competition, and has challenged his players to ensure they’re lifting silverware come the final.

“Our aim is to get to the final and win the final.

“It’s the only real proper competition we’re in, there’s something at stake at the end of it.

“We have to teach these lads to get a winning mentality to want to get in our first team.” 

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