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Stancliffe praised his players effort in victory over Terriers

15 October 2019

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Paul Stancliffe praised the shift his players put in to nullify Huddersfield Town’s strengths which enabled them to pull off a 4-0 win.

Junior Smith’s hat-trick – coupled with Will McGowan’s strike – cannoned Rovers to back-to-back victories in the EFL Youth Alliance Division. 

Stancliffe said: “With all respect to Huddersfield I think I look back at the game and wonder how we didn’t get two or three more. But, I can’t get too picky because it is a win.

“Huddersfield are a good team and we expected them to start the second-half well like they did. They are only a good team however if you allow them to play. First-half we won the ball back in good areas which meant we could apply pressure quicker.

“Second-half they had a little bit more possession but due to our shape, we kept well together and Ben Bottomley did well in goal when he was called upon.”

Captain Ben Blythe was withdrawn out of the team due to illness, while Lirak Hasani missed another game due to further complications with his injury.

He added: “Ben Blythe is ill which is why he missed the game. He wasn’t well on Friday and was sent home and he text me late last night saying he was not feeling better, so he ruled himself out. If Ben says he is not fit then he can’t play, he is a player you can trust in that way.

“Lirak is in to see the specialist next week to have a scan for his injury and we will take it from there because there have been a few complications with him along the way.”

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