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Cook hails best performance of the season

4 April 2022

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Academy manager Tony Cook heaped praise on his side after they showed great character to come from behind in a thrilling 6-3 victory away at Lincoln City.

Rovers U18s came from two down to take their first three-points of the merit league thanks to braces from Jack Goodman and Alex Fletcher as well as additional efforts from Dan Wilds and Michael Nesbitt.

He said: “That was probably our best performance of the season. We had excellent possession and we looked better when moving the ball and with our decision-making about how we moved through the thirds.

“Our six goals came from very good rotations, runs, thinking and from being clinical so we’re really happy with that area of the pitch.

“I thought we did very well playing out from the back and that was an aim for the lads to build on last week so that side of it was also very good and out of possession, defensively, we looked solid, we recognised when to press and when to sit out really well.

Despite trailing by two after the first half-hour, Rovers scored two goals in four-minutes to enter the break on level terms and change the half-time team talk before going on to dominate the second-half and take the spoils.

Cook added: “When we were losing, I felt we were playing the better football and that’s no disrespect to Lincoln, I just felt we had more control on the game and more chances and we could have possibly been two or three goals up ourselves early on but we didn’t take our chances.

“I could see the momentum of the lads and I thought if we kept that up, I couldn’t see us having a problem in the second half.

“At 2-0 down I wasn’t too worried, as I felt we were going to get back in it and all credit to the lads, they did that and 100% deservedly won the game.”

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