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Dominant Rovers U18s deserved comeback, says Sinclair

15 March 2023


Dominant Rovers U18s deserved comeback, says Sinclair

15 March 2023

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Professional development phase coach Frank Sinclair felt his side’s dominance warranted their dramatic comeback as they took a 3-2 victory against Lincoln City on home soil.

Rovers U18s found themselves two goals down in the first half but goals from Jak Whiting and Will Flint levelled things up before Jack Goodman netted his 21st success of the season to win the game on the 3G at the Eco-Power Stadium.

After seemingly taken control of the tie early on, Sinclair admitted he was disappointed to see his side give two goals away, but also felt the final score reflected the nature of the game.

He said: “It was a strange game against Lincoln because I thought we really dominated the first 25 minutes of the match and played some of the best football that I’ve seen us play but they punished us with the two counter attacks they had in the first half and we found ourselves 2-0 down.

“It was really disappointing to concede those two goals but we showed a bit of character towards the end of the first half, got ourselves back in the game with a set piece and then Will Flint brought us level in the second half.

“When we do find ourselves behind, I’m always confident that we’ve got the quality within the team to produce something that’s going to get us back in the game.

“All-in-all, I thought that we deserved to win the game and that’s what we’ve done but it was extra pleasing to see how well we responded to the disappointment of the Bradford game last week.”

The youth team will now head to the Hoober Homes Elite Performance Centre, on Saturday March 18, as they take on Rotherham United and the youth team manager insisted his side’s approach wouldn’t change.

Sinclair added: “We’ll go into that game like we always do, wanting to win the game.

“There’s only a couple of games to go until we go into that Merit League, so for me, it’s just really important that we get a good result against Rotherham and another one next Tuesday so that we go into that period full of confidence."

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