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YOUTH: The lads stuck at it well

Gavin Skelton on the 0-0 draw with Wrexham on Friday afternoon

21 April 2018

We spoke to youth coach Gavin Skelton shortly after full-time on Friday following the 0-0 draw with Wrexham at Creighton.

“We haven’t got any complaints with the result,” he said. “It’s a fair result, as a spectacle it probably wasn’t great, the pitch is bobbly and it’s windy, but I thought we stuck at it well. A couple of months ago we probably would have lost the game 1-0 or 2-0 so we’re pleased with that.

“We’ve got four clean sheets in a row and we’re five games unbeaten. We’ve picked up 13 points from the last five games, and they are all aspects which are very pleasing." 

“The lads stuck at it well today," he told us. "It was a physical game, with quality probably lacking at times. We defended well as a unit and didn’t really look like conceding, but we know we’ve got work to do at the other end of the pitch.

"I think it took us until the last few minutes of the game to really work their keeper, so we’ve got to improve in that area."

With the lads having pushed the pace through the opening 20 minutes of the game, he said: “In the last few games, although we’ve had good results, we haven’t been starting games well.

"That was something we spoke about before the game, and we did start well, but the game petered out after the first 20 minutes or so. The wind got up as the game went on and the ball spent a lot of time out of play.

“The lads are disappointed that they haven’t played better and won the game, but we’re five games undefeated and that's pleasing. The run we’ve been on has been important for the lads because everyone feels down when you’re losing games. At this level, results aren’t the most important thing, but you’d be lying if you said you don’t want to win games.

“If you’re winning games and scoring goals your confidence goes up, which means individual performances are better. They’re disappointed we haven’t won but, on reflection, it’s a decent point.

"Sometimes, when you’re scoring lots of goals and winning comfortably, football has a habit of kicking you up the backside, thankfully that hasn’t happened today and we’re just looking forward to the next game now."

And with the season drawing to a close, he commented: “It’s an important time, especially for the second years, and I thought they handled the emotions quite well today. They’ve got big decisions coming up which must constantly be on their minds.

"We’ve had a lot of games in a short space of time but that's been good for us. It's helped them to concentrate on what they enjoy doing most.

"At this stage of the season you can almost train too much because you’ve been doing it all season. It’s been good to have games to prepare for. I think we had about three months without a game through the winter, but it’s done us good.

"Since we’ve come back the performances have been there and we’re starting to get the results to go with them now.”

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