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Sinclair encouraged by youth team's development

23 January 2023


Sinclair encouraged by youth team's development

23 January 2023

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Professional development phase coach Frank Sinclair felt his side reacted well to changes in the second-half as Rovers U18s shared the spoils with Harrogate Town.

Jack Goodman scored his eighth goal in seven games to give the youth team a late lead but the visitors capitalised on mistakes at the back to snatch a point at the death on the 3G at the Eco-Power Stadium.

Despite coming so close to a victory on home soil, Sinclair admitted that upon reflection of the whole game, the result did justice to both sides.

He said: “I thought it was a difficult first half for us, Harrogate came with a game plan, they showed us a bit of respect in our possession and build up play and they set up some really good traps to put us under pressure early on.

“It was difficult in the opening half to get a foothold and play our game in the opposition’s half but we spoke to the players at half-time and gave them a bit of advice on how to stretch them a bit more in the second-half.

“The boys reacted well to the substitutions as we tried to get as many creative players and goal scorers on to the pitch to get the goal back and we did that.

“Jack Goodman, again, gets a couple of goals and that was from us been quite aggressive with our attacking play towards the end to get us ahead.

“When you look back at the game, I think Harrogate would agree that they deserved something out of the game but we did as well because of our second-half performance."

With games continuing to come in Rovers’ direction thick and fast, Sinclair insisted his side needs to stick to what they know to give themselves the best possible chance of achieving success.

He added: “We don’t change what we’ve been doing and we just try and get better at what we do tactically and technically every week.

“We’ve got a style of play and we’re trying to get better at it, but I have told the players that we need to be better than we were today, especially when teams come and show us a bit of respect.

“We’ve grown a reputation that we move the ball quite well and our style of play is quite attractive so we’ll go into next week, prepare for the opposition and work on what we do well.

“We’ve got the big cup game against Peterborough coming up the week after, so we want to go and put on a good performance against Mansfield so that we can go into that game with our tails up.”

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