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Stancliffe happy with U18s' character

26 February 2018

U18s coach Paul Stancliffe was impressed with character of his side during their 0-0 draw with fifth-placed Notts County.

The U18s boss named a particularly youthful side as he looks to blood U15 and U16 players with a look to the future.

He said: “I’m happy with a lot of things other than drawing the game, because we want to win the game. The most important thing, though, is that we don’t lose.

"It’s a young team again, but that’s not an excuse because I thought they produced some really good stuff. Louis Jones was very good, he’s shown a good attitude and he’s come in even though he’s a little bit older, but he’s worked hard through the week and has been rewarded with a game.”

Although the matches had plenty of positives to be drawn from it, Stancliffe is continuing to demand high standards for the youth team to follow.

He added: “I thought we were more positive. In the final-third we could’ve probably done more, getting balls into the box and more shots away than we did but, overall, I thought we were solid.

“They were a good team as well, it was a good game to watch and both sides tried to play the game the right way, but they just needed that cutting edge and with all the good players we have we need to try and get more results.”

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