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Stancliffe proud of players despite defeat

26 February 2019

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Paul Stancliffe thinks his U18s side can take lessons from their 2-1 defeat to Rotherham United.

The team suffered a slight dent in their charge for the league title in a spirited performance which saw U14s Reon Potts score on his debut, and a double penalty save from U14s Luke Chadwick to help keep the score respectable.

He said: “With our performance in the first half I think the results a bit unfair, but in the second half I don’t think they showed the quality to win it but neither did we. There were some good chances at either end.

“They had two penalties and Luke’s pulled two great saves off for us. Luke did have an excellent all-round game for a 14-year-old lad. He’s come in at a difficult time and is inexperienced, but he’s really embraced the occasion and he’s got a lot to be proud of today.

“Defeats are always disappointing and we’re here to win games. We’ve lost today which isn’t great but we’ll analyse it on Monday and we’ll go again next week and the things that have gone wrong today will go right next week.”

Stancliffe explained why there was changes made to the team which had played a fundamental in part in their recent five game unbeaten run.

He added: “The second years weren’t playing today because they have a big game with the U23s against Blackburn on Monday down at the Keepmoat Stadium.

“We thought perhaps the two games might a bit too much for them so it was decided to rest them so they’re sharp for Monday and we could give some of the young ones an opportunity against Rotherham.

“The likes of Reon who embraced it today and grabbed his opportunity to score with both hands and the rest of them such as Luke and Josh Clemitson I think they will remember this day for a long time because of how well they performed.”

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