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Rooney: One of the best wins of the season

3 April 2018

Club News

Rooney: One of the best wins of the season

3 April 2018

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Under 18s coach Nathan Rooney has praised his side after beating Bury 2-1 at Poolfoot Farm on Tuesday.

On the match:

“One of the best of the season, what we’ve shown today is a lot of hard work and it actually follows through from Monday and from last week when we played Shanghai.

“The determination of the group today actually just came through in the end and I think it’s because we’ve got a hungry bunch of new recruits that have come in

“But also, the lads have listened and applied everything that we expect at this football club this week and it’s been a success!"

On the brace from Sam O’Halleron:

“Brilliant, he’s shown that for the last 18-months.

“Obviously when you come in as a scholar sometimes you have your ups and your downs, you’ve got to get used to the full-time environment, but he’s proved what he does in training a lot of the time and his ability shone.

“I thought he ran both centre-halves really well and in the end,  they just couldn't handle his quality, so a big well done to Sam today because I thought he led the line on his own as well."

What proved to be the difference between Fleetwood and Bury:

“I thought we started better, but I had the feeling when we kicked off, I thought we warmed up better, I was looking across at the way they were setting up they didn’t really fancy it.

“For us we have a big thing in our team and we always have to start well, and if we don’t start well it’s something that we don’t train to do, so being on the front foot, making things really difficult for oppositions at this age is the way to win."

The desire shown by Fleetwood:

“It’s the biggest thing, it’s the mentality.

“Obviously we say it day in day out, we all know the lads sat in the dressing room before the game and they know who they’re up against but it’s our job as coaches just to reiterate how much quality we’ve got in that room.

“If they can do things like they have today they’ll pick results up every week and they have shown that."

On the upcoming fixture against Preston North End:

“I think if we’re looking at the table now which I’ll be honest with you we haven’t been doing, we’ve really picked up since Christmas.

“If we beat Preston this weekend coming we’ll probably jump above them and we will be looking at higher than mid-table as well, which is something we’re aiming to do especially if it’s not this year, next season.”

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