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Sinclair praises youth team's PDL Cup efforts

7 February 2023

Academy

Sinclair praises youth team's PDL Cup efforts

7 February 2023

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Professional development phase coach Frank Sinclair praised his side’s efforts throughout their PDL Cup campaign as they bowed out to category two side Peterborough United.

Harry Wood scored from 30-yards with a great strike in the last ten minutes but an earlier goal and one at the death saw the visitors take victory at the Hoober Homes Elite Performance Centre.

Rovers U18s put on a great battling performance in their cup quarter-final, but Sinclair admitted his side took a while to get up to speed with their category two opponents.

He said: “It was difficult because we came up against a team that showed some really good composure from the start, patience in their build up work and in that early spell we found it hard to really lay a glove on them.

“We started a bit nervy and we didn’t really see any of the patterns or plays that we’re usually pretty good at and work on and that’s because of the pressure they put on us.

“The early goal was disappointing because the pass into midfield that led to it was poor and we got punished for it because that was the only real problem they caused us in that first half.

“We changed things towards the end of the first half and then I think we really started to get to grips with them and got on the front foot.

“We got a couple of chances before the break and we went into half time with our tails up a little bit and with some confidence even though we found ourselves behind.

The youth team manager made numerous changes in the second half and looked to have got their reward but saw the tie snatched away from them in stoppage time.

Sinclair added: “We made changes at half time and I thought they made us better because we gained a bit more composure and we were doing well.

“It became a bit difficult when we went down to ten men because of two honest mistakes but we’ll have plenty of time to work on that.

“We threw Harry Wood on because we knew that he had character and he’d drive us forward and he’s scored a terrific goal to get us back into the game with the man disadvantage.

“Both teams tried to win it at the end but they got the late goal and that killed us off with two or three minutes left on the clock.

“It’s a tough result to take, but I can’t fault the lads’ efforts against Peterborough and the effort they’ve put in throughout this competition to get us as far as they have done this season.”


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