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Wiles delight at derby win for Under 18s

Youth team coach reacts to opening win of the campaign

20 August 2018


Wiles delight at derby win for Under 18s

Youth team coach reacts to opening win of the campaign

20 August 2018

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Fleetwood Town’s Under 18s coach Simon Wiles spoke of his delight following his side’s 2-0 victory over local rivals Blackpool on Saturday.

Striker Sam O’Halleron scored both goals to secure all three points in the local derby in what was a tough encounter between the two sides.

Check out what Simon thought of the game from his post-match interview.

On a brilliant overall team performance…

I’m delighted with the way the lads played. It was an interesting game for us, because first half we were camped in a little bit, we were trying to play out but it wasn't really happening.

“The way we’ve set up to get the ball forward as early as we can, press up as high as we can and eliminate any mistakes we might make that puts them on the counter, I thought we limited that.

“Then second half our football came out. We played out the back, played through midfield, and our midfielders were much braver in the second half to get onto the ball.

“I thought we created much more in the second half than what we did in the first half, we could’ve had a couple more, but then we know Blackpool countered on us a couple of times and they could’ve had a couple of goals to their name.

“Overall second half I was really pleased. It was interesting to see the boys talk about managing the game out, which is a massive learning experience.

“They managed the game first half and we went 1-0 up, sometimes you can get carried away with the ball in the second half and over play, but we played it right.”

"A big focus for us this week has been on the midfielders. Going into the second half, being brave and getting on the ball is great for their development and it was a good performance from all of them."

On match-winner Sam O’Halleron…

“I thought Sam thoroughly deserved his goals. He was really bright in training yesterday, and we thought if he can take that training standard into today’s game he will score his goals.

“His first goal was top draw. As he’s gone through we’ve looked at is saying is he going to hit it, but he has another touch, draws in two defenders, drops his shoulder, gets half a yard and scores.

“That's what Sam’s all about, in and around the box we fancy him all the time to get his goals. We’ve just got to make sure our build up play, and our playing through the thirds gives him the opportunity to get them chances.

“His second one, Cookey has played the ball in, it’s fallen nicely to him and he has bundled it over the line, but you’ve got to be in the position to score them goals. I thought Sam worked really hard today and deserved the goals that he got.”

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