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Stancliffe praises positive performance

6 November 2019

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Paul Stancliffe praised a strong first-half performance which saw his U18 side cruise into a 2-0 lead against Lincoln City.

Lincoln tested the waters in the second-half, but a resilient Rovers side hung on to their lead to claim the win and remain two points clear at the top of the table.

He said: “I thought we were really good in the first-half. We were positive and showed some good movement of the ball. We ticked the box of everything that we expect.

“Then in the second-half we got complacent and in the end it wouldn’t have surprised me if Lincoln came out with something from the game.

“I am really happy that we have won. The first-half you are thinking we are going to deserve the win with the way that we were playing. But, second-half we didn’t quite reach the standards we set ourselves. It was pleasing that we still came away with a win and a clean sheet which is a real credit to the lads.”

Stancliffe was delighted with his solid defence who had to deal with the absence of captain Ben Blythe.

He added: “Ben picked up a hamstring injury in Mansfield but it isn’t anything too serious so he shouldn’t be out for long.

“Saying that, I thought Max Jemson came in and did an excellent job. Both centre-halves today did exceptionally well.

“It is fantastic to see how far Nathan Dimou has come on as well. We always knew how good he was with the ball at his feet and with worked a lot with him on his defensive side of the game and we’re really impressed by what we are seeing as a result.”


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