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Stancliffe expects reaction

15 November 2017

Paul Stancliffe expects a response from the Rovers U18 side after exiting the FA Youth Cup on Tuesday evening.

First half goals from Rowan Roache and Ben Jacobson were enough to send Stancliffe’s out of the competition, and he says they missed a good opportunity to progress.

“I’m disappointed with the result and the performance, we proved we’re good enough in the last round but we didn’t work hard enough to get a result,” he said.

“We didn’t perform well, but that’s taking nothing away from Blackpool. They deserved the win and we knew they’d be a good team. It hurts everyone involved that we couldn’t progress further in the competition, we demand hard work and effort and I think that was missing in the first half.”

The U18 side face Lincoln City this weekend and Stancliffe believes the experience of playing in the FA Youth Cup with benefit the players as they return to league action.

“The experience of playing in the big games will help the players, for them to progress they have to test themselves against better players,” he added.

“I’m always confident of a good result, we’ll see what type of response they show and look for a bit of character from them as we look to get back to winning ways.”

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