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YOUTH: Very good team performance

16 December 2013

Dave Wilkes on the Fleetwood game

Youth coach Dave Wilkes spoke to us following the away victory over Fleetwood on Saturday. 

"It was our first away win of the season so we're all very pleased," he said. "We played well and we deserved the three points. 

"It was a little bit frantic at the start of the game but we managed to get a scrappy goal and we didn't really look back after that. We capitalised on a mix up at the back between one of their defenders and the keeper and Connor [Hammell] got us the goal.

"That settled us down a bit and we got the ball down and played well. We were finding openings and passing it well which was pleasing, because we've done that in other away games and came away with nothing."

"They did have a couple of spells where they put us under pressure and got in behind us but we dealt with that well," he continued. "We really got to grips with the game in the second half and our midfielders were in control. The full backs were getting forward a lot and causing problems and it was a very good team performance. 

"Danny Hodgson got the second goal. He picked the ball up midway inside their half, he turned and made up a couple of yards and then hit a fantastic shot from about 30 yards. It was one of those where you know as soon as it left his boot that it was going to fly into the top corner.

"We were comfortable at 2-0. They did have a couple of half chances from free kicks, and things like that, but we always looked like we could score more goals. Jason Blackburn and Harvey Moyes had a couple of shots saved but it was a pleasing performance overall. 

"It makes it even more pleasing because we go into our Christmas break on the back of three points and a good performance. That will be important for the lads because they've had a difficult first half of the season. It's good for them that they've finished the year with their first away win." 

United: Eccles, Chisholm, Pearson, Moyes, Marshall, Douglas, Gordon (Hodgson, 60), White, Blackburn, Hammell, Brough. Subs: Fowler, Elliot, Bradbury. 

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