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Stancliffe: Watson reaping the rewards

3 September 2019

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Paul Stancliffe was delighted after his side came from behind to earn a 4-1 win over Burton Albion.

At the interval Stancliffe made some changes to his team that were trailing due to Burton’s captain Tom Armitage giving his side the lead within the opening 10 minutes of the game.

Stancliffe said: “We said at half-time we thought we played some really good stuff in the first half but it was just the final little bit around the box, we just needed a little bit of composure from the forwards getting over the ball and bringing teammates into play.

“In the second half I felt we had that and we got our rewards for that. We did really well against Grimsby, Rotherham in the cup, and today against Burton.

“It is always a learning curve for these guys, we went to Notts County and it became a battle but we can’t go around thinking we’re unstoppable because we’re not. We are just aiming to keep improving as a team and as individual players."

The U18 boss was full of praise for striker Jack Watson as the 18-year-old scored a hattrick in seven minutes, later netting his fourth goal of the game.

He added: “Jack has got that in him and he can be very effective for the team, to be fair he was one who we had words with about holding the ball up because he didn’t do that enough in the first-half.

“Second-half he did and look what happened. He is continuing to be rewarded for all his hard work and he his fantastic attitude and application to what we work on.”


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