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Donnelly Praise For Bange

13 March 2017

15-Year-Old Striker Features For Youth Team

Ciaran Donnelly was full of praise for Ewan Bange after the 15-year-old produced a good performance in his side’s 1-0 loss to Preston North End.

The back-and-forth derby looked like it was heading for a draw until a quick counter-attack in the dying embers of the game gave The Lilywhites all three points.

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

The team’s performance.

We’re not overly disappointed this week because the performance was okay. The lads gave a good effort on a difficult pitch but we probably didn’t do quite enough to win the game.

The importance of having a squad of players.

We’ve got to find a way to win when we haven’t got all of our squad together. Over the course of a season you need all of your scholars and the Under-16s who step in. 

Unfortunately, the last couple of weeks has shown to us that when we miss one or two of our bigger players then we haven’t been able to produce a result from the lads that have stepped in. 

Ewan Bange’s performance.

Ewan is an Under-15 and we decided to give him a chance because he’s been in really good form for the Under-15s and Under-16s. He only turned 15 in November but it’s about youth development and he’s a player who has got a good future here at Blackpool.

Rowan Roache’s absence.

The main reason (set-pieces didn’t work) is because Rowan Roache is away on international duty with Republic of Ireland and he takes all the set-pieces. 

Poor set-pieces.

Sebastien Des Pres is more than capable of delivering a good ball but unfortunately it wasn’t his day. I don’t think we had one decent dead-ball from numerous corners and wide free-kicks. Their goal came from another poor one that they cleared at the front post and counter-attacked and finished it well. 

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