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Stancliffe praised his side's character in win over Mansfield

3 February 2020

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Paul Stancliffe praised his U18s performance against Mansfield Town after a late goal secured a 2-1 victory.

The U18s boss praised the character of his players who battled through tough conditions to come out on top.

He said: “The conditions play a massive part and that killed the game for both teams really. The wind spoilt it and meant that it wasn’t a day for pretty football.

“It was a day for battling and hard work and I said that to the lads. There hasn’t been any single time this season that I haven’t had to pull them up for not working hard. That is what has got them the result today.

“It was a game that we wanted to win – it doesn’t matter that it was against Mansfield. We worked all week on ways we thought we could win the game so if you do that, it doesn’t matter about the opposition.”

Despite being top of the league, Stancliffe insists that the team isn’t getting carried away with themselves.

He added: “If we keep going and doing what we are doing then we will be fine. We spoke about our league position because we’re in the same position that we were last season.

“Whatever happens from here on out it will be a successful season for us. We’re in a good position and the lads are aware of that, they see the league like everyone else but they’re mature enough to not kid themselves.”

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