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Murphy: Stay Focused

3 October 2016

Youth Team's High Standards Must Be Maintained, Says Assistant Coach

John Murphy says the youth team must keep setting high standards and remain focused if they are to build on an unbeaten start to the season.

The under-18s beat Carlisle United 4-1 on Saturday to make it seven games without defeat so far, however Murphy has warned against complacency. 

"You've got to be careful, obviously winning breeds confidence but it can also breed over-confidence, and I thought we saw a little bit of that in the first-half. 

"Me and Ciaran try to keep the lads on their toes and keep them focused, but at the end of the day it's down to them mentally to keep doing what they're doing in games and realise it's working. I think it took them half an hour, 45 minutes on Saturday to do that."

Like Blackpool, the opposition also headed into the weekend's game unbeaten but the coaching staff aren't willing to let the players rest on their laurels. 

"4-1 away from home against a team who are second and who'd only conceded two goals, and yet we're not fully satisfied. That just goes to show what me and Ciaran think this squad is capable of," he said. 

"They're good, honest lads and we're on to them to maintain their high standards. 

"We were a bit sloppy first-half, we conceded a goal early on from a simple ball over the top and it should be defended better than that. We responded well with a good finish from Will Dunne and then second-half I think the result was fair in the end."   

The moment of the match against Carlisle came from Finlay Sinclair-Smith, who backed up scoring the winner against Bury with a spectacular strike from distance.  

"I think it's more spectacular when you see it's on his weaker foot," Murphy admitted. "Me and Ciaran have been discussing that we wouldn't even attempt that if we were playing, but he's a confident lad, he's got good technical ability and it was a brilliant goal."

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