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THOROUGHLY DESERVED THE WIN

20 August 2012

Reaction to the youth win over Preston

Head of youth Eric Kinder gave us his reaction to the 2-0 victory over Preston at the weekend.

"When we start each season I always say the benchmark in this league is Burnley and Preston, and there is usually always one other who gets a good group together and threatens.

"Preston won the league last year and they came up here on the back of a 5-1 opening day win, so they're a good side. 

"It was a very even game in the first-half but I'm absolutely delighted with us because we thoroughly deserved the win.

"The second-half performance brought two good goals and we defended from the front, and right through the rest of the side exactly how I wanted. 

"It's a fantastic result and it sets us up now for the rest of the season. We've set ourselves really high standards and it will be difficult to keep to them, but that's our aim.

"We got ourselves a proper game of football in this one. The tackles were flying and I thought the referee did well. He lost it a little bit at the end with a flourish of yellow cards, but up to then he did OK. 

"I thought the game overall was an absolute credit to both clubs and a good advert for youth football.

"For the second goal it's nice when a set-piece comes off. We spent a lot of time on it on Friday and it worked, so that's always very pleasing. Alex [Salmon] got his two goals and it capped off a good performance by him.

"I've been using him in a midfield role with Jack Lynch being injured but with his performances over the last two games I might not move him. Sometimes performances and positions happen by accident. We've seen that before with a couple of players and it might be the same now with Alex.

"I've told the players not to get too excited with good results and not to get too despondent with defeats, because it comes back to bite you on the backside either way. We go to Fleetwood next week and then we go to Morecambe, and if we lose both those games then today’s victory loses some of its meaning.

"Fleetwood are new into the division and they drew with Morecambe last week, so whether that gives us any indication I don’t know. But I'm not worried about other sides, we just need to concentrate on our own game and let them worry about us."

United - Parker, Gwinnutt, Minor, Staunch, Morse, Dempsey, Berwick, Salmon, Thomson (Dixon 85), Peel (Clarey 69), Brough. Subs - Brass, Chisholm, McEvoy.

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