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Donnelly: Professional Performance

27 February 2017

Academy Manager Looks Back On Youth Team Victory

Ciaran Donnelly was delighted after the youth team won 1-0 against Tranmere Rovers to go seven points clear at the top of the table.

Rowan Roache’s first-half goal proved to be the winner in a game that Blackpool could have scored more in.

Speaking post-match, here's what the academy manager had to say...

A professional victory.

I thought it was a professional performance. We played and passed the ball really well and if you look at the possession stats then we probably had about 80 per cent of the possession throughout the game.

Tough opponents.

You know what you will get from Tranmere every year. They’re tough lads, they hang in there and they have a bit of quality as well, so they gave us a tough game. They never give up and could’ve nicked something right at the end, but thankfully for us Jack Sims made a good save.

Need to be clinical.

We carved them open numerous times to create opportunities to score goals, the one criticism is that we weren’t clinical enough and when you’re not, it makes the last 10 minutes a bit nervy.

Rowan Roache’s 24th goal of the season.

I thought he played really well and is in good form. He played really well and scored four goals on Tuesday (against Accrington Stanley) and then on Saturday he was the difference between the two teams with the goal. I thought his link-up play and attitude was good too, his workrate was excellent and we even managed to get him competing for a few headers, which is something that he’s not particularly strong at.

Focus.

We’ve got eight games left and if we were to win all eight then we would win the league. We haven’t lost in the league since November so we’re in a real good position but we’re not taking anything lightly and we’re working hard in training to improve all the time.

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