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McSheffrey delighted with Lincoln win

9 August 2021

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Rovers’ U18s manager Gary McSheffrey was happy with how his game plan turned out against Lincoln City.

A brace from Jack Goodman and a goal from Corie Cole helped our youth team to three points against a ten-man Imps team. 

His overall assessment of the game:

“We have lots of things to improve on.  

“We studied their pre-season games and worked on ways we could nullify their game.

“From the start we pressed high and limited the goalkeeper's options. We forced play into strikers and midfielders and picked them off well by winning the ball back in key areas.

“That’s where our game plan went really well and got ourselves a couple of goals up and then what we didn’t plan for is for them to get their goalkeeper sent off.

“It killed our flow a little bit and fair play to them, they became brave in possession and asked us a lot of questions.”

On trialist Owen Scattergood signing a contract and getting his debut:

“Owen needs work on his out-of-possession pressing and needs to learn how relentless and fit you need to be.

“On the flip side of that, his quality is that he is a naturally gifted player.

“If I can coach him to be ruthless in his finishing then we will have a player and he can go up a level.

“We’ve had him in a few weeks and he’s featured during pre-season and got a good goal return for the few games and minutes he’s played.”

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