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Sinclair praises player application in Bradford draw

2 May 2023

Academy

Sinclair praises player application in Bradford draw

2 May 2023

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Professional development phase coach Frank Sinclair has credited his side’s application in Rovers U18s 1-1 draw at Bradford City in the EFL Youth Alliance League.

First-year scholar Max Adamson converted from a corner to take the lead just before the break but the Bantams later converted a set piece of their own to take a share of the spoils.

The game saw Rovers hit the road for the first time in this year’s merit league and Sinclair was pleased to correct a 5-0 loss from the same fixture earlier this season.

He said: “It’s a really good point, we came with a game plan but we had to respect the opposition because obviously the last time we came to Bradford we got beat by five.

“We only had 12 players to choose from that day but this time we came with a healthier squad and I thought we competed really well throughout the game.

“It made a massive difference because it meant we could field a stronger team with each player playing in their more natural positions and that obviously meant we could compete.

“We took the lead and deserved it when you look at the opportunities that we had and our final third entries, and then at half time they’ve complimented us by having to change their shape.

“We got stretched a bit in the second half but I thought the attitude and application of the players was first class, and on another day we get a deserved win.

“I’m really pleased though for all the lads because, collectively, everyone’s done a brilliant job over the entirety of the season so with one game to go, we want to finish on a high note to take into the summer.”

Striker Adamson made it three goals in his last three games since his return from injury as Sinclair urged the number nine to kick on into next season.

He added: “When Max is fit, he’s a real handful. We’ve worked really hard on his fitness since the Lincoln game and pushed him with his runs, and I thought that really showed against Bradford.

“He was always a threat in behind, caused the two centre halves lots of problems and got his goal by gambling across the near post with a great header.

“I’m really pleased for him because he probably does get a tough time about his application not being correct at times but we just have to keep pushing him.

“There is a real player in there and it’s up to him to help us get that ability out of him because that’ll produce the best version of himself.”

Rovers U18s face one last game in this year’s EFL Youth Alliance League as they travel to newly crowned champions Harrogate Town on Friday May 5, and Sinclair asked for the same of his player’s next time out.

“The squad will probably be very similar with a mixture of the current scholars and the one’s who’ll be joining us next season so we’ll go to Harrogate trying to get one more win.

“It’ll be the same approach that we have every week and if we can show the same level of application and performance, we won’t go far wrong.”


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