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Wiles: That was a fantastic game for us to look back on

5 November 2020

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Fleetwood Town Under 18s coach Simon Wiles spoke to the club after his side beat Accrington Stanley in the FA Youth Cup on Wednesday night.

The young Cods earned their spot in the second round of the competition after a tightly contested game against Stanley at Highbury Stadium, which saw an own goal from the visitors be the difference on the night.

Here is what Simon had to say after the game:

On the result…

“The positive from the game is that we have won it, performance wise it was nowhere near good enough. From how we intend on setting out and in terms of how we want to play football the decision-making today wasn’t good enough.

“In terms of what I expect and what the staff expect of Fleetwood Town under 18s to play like we have to be so much better than how we played tonight.

The goal was good play by Joe Collins, we had two or three good chances to seal the game, but we didn’t do it and Accrington were still in the game and credit to them they put us under a lot of pressure and kept themselves in the game.”

On the standout performers…

“I thought Danny Edwards was superb, he played the way that we want to play he worked his absolute socks off, he was really energetic and brave to get on the ball.

“I also thought Harry Wilson was excellent when he came on, he was showing glimpses of how we want to play and what he can bring to the team.

Sam Barratt and Lewis Patterson competed well, there’s still lots of work to do defensively but for the development that was a fantastic game for us to look back on and reflect as a team.”

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