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Stancliffe praises Johnson in victory over Chesterfield

11 February 2020

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Paul Stancliffe hailed the performance of goalkeeper Kian Johnson after the U18s 3-0 win at home to Chesterfield.

Lirak Hasani, Nathan Dimou and Jack Watson were all on target as the youth team stretched their lead at the top of the Youth Alliance League.

Stancliffe said: “I was happy with the result. Some of the play in the first-half we could do with improving on, but most of the stuff we did was really good.

“In the second-half we saw the improvements we asked from them. It helped to get the goal early in the first-half and we did really well not to get complacent, I would say that the complacency did set in a bit after the second goal, but we quickly got back on track.

“We allowed them back into the game too easy after going two-nil up but that is part of their development and hopefully they will continue to learn from that.”

The U18 manager was full of praise for goalkeeper Kian Johnson who was drafted in for Ben Bottomley – after suffering from a concussion during the win at Mansfield Town. 

He added: “Sometimes we got sloppy during the game at the back and Kian Johnson in the first-half pulled off three or four really good saves which kept us in the game.

“We tried to address that at half-time so that were relying less on Kian’s good saves, because we should be stopping the danger before it gets to him.

“We like Kian and we know what he is capable of but it is one of those where I wouldn’t have picked him if I didn’t think he was capable. He is also doing really well considering he’s playing for England School Boy’s as well at the moment.”

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