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Stancliffe hails U18s' character

22 January 2018

Paul Stancliffe thought Rovers’ U18 side deserved more than a draw after an impressive fightback at Scunthorpe United.

Lewis Scattergood and Reives Boocock were on the scoresheet as his youngsters fought back from two goals down in North Lincolnshire.

Stancliffe said: “I was very pleased. There’s been some really good performances, but I’d like to highlight Matty Overton and Lewis Scattergood as I thought their attitude was first-class – particularly after not playing against Bradford in the development side last week – and their performance matched it, they really led by example.”

Stancliffe thought the young Iron’s two strikes were unstoppable, and their 2-0 lead did not reflect the match at that point.

He added: “I’m pleased with the character shown – we didn’t deserve to be two goals down – they’ve had two strikes at goal, two great strikes one from at least 30 yards has gone in – we didn’t deserve that.

“I tried telling them if we play the right way, the way we want to play, we don’t need to change it – and to be fair to the lads they didn’t change it.

“They kept going and going and then on the last kick of the game we should’ve won it, but on the other hand, Cameron Baldock-Smith pulled an unbelievable tackle in the box to stop them going on and winning it, so I thought overall we were the better team and deserved more.”

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