Eric Kinder on the Morecambe game
Head of youth Eric Kinder spoke to us about the 3-1 away victory over Morecambe.
“I thoroughly enjoyed the second half of this game but I was very disappointed with the referee’s decision to send Jack Lynch off.
“I have known the lad for a long time and he is not that type of person who swears at officials or anyone else for that matter. The referee has obviously misheard him but it’s done now and we just have to get on with it.
“However, we saw a group of players today who were determined to win the game. They were down to ten men but the work rate was phenomenal and I’m absolutely delighted with them.
“It holds us in really good stead because even though we’ve had some fantastic players over the last three or four years, the work ethic hasn’t been as good as I’ve wanted. This group has a real desire to win a game and they showed that again in this one.
“The other good thing is that we scored our goals and, even at 3-1, we should really have had two or three more. Mind you, with a man sent off just after the break you can’t really afford to be too greedy.
“The negative we take away is the way we conceded a really sloppy goal. It was a well rehearsed free kick but we didn’t deal with it at all.
“You feel like the world is against you when you get a red card like that one but it makes football interesting when your backs are against the wall. Do you hide or do you try to do something about it? I think the lads reacted positively because they felt hard done by and they wanted to put it right.
“My team talk ahead of the game was that if they weren’t inspired by their former team-mates [Beck, Potts and Symington] after their performance against Ipswich then they wouldn’t be inspired by anything. Most of them played with those three lads last season in the youth team and if they don’t want to emulate what they have gone on to do then they shouldn’t be playing football.
“For me, seeing those three perform that well topped the Manchester United game, because that is what this job is all about. It’s hard to put your feelings into words. You had to be sat where I was when Symington whacked his shot into the back of the net - the feeling is incredible. It makes all the hard work worth it and it was absolutely the best night of my football life last Tuesday.”
United – Parker, Gwinnutt, Minor, Morse, Staunch, Dempsey, Thomson (Clarey 68), Berwick, Lynch, Salmon, Brough. Subs - Brass, Dixon, McEvoy, Peel.