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Murphy Pleased To Progress

9 March 2017

Youth Team Reach Lancashire FA Youth Cup Final

John Murphy was pleased to see the youth team edge a scrappy affair against Rochdale and advance to the final of the Lancashire FA Youth Cup.

The two sides cancelled each other out well until Tyler Rufus came off the bench in the second-half to break the deadlock with a header.

Speaking post-match, here's what the assistant coach had to say...

A tight game.

It wasn’t a great game. It was one of these days when you run, battle, hope for the second ball and the victory. It was a battling day that they had to come through and thankfully they’re in the final. It wasn’t pretty due to the state of the pitch but the main thing is that we wanted a reaction from Saturday.

An improved performance.

We know we were poor on Saturday and were dominated by Wigan so the big thing was to come out and work hard, and they did that.  

Reaching the final.

It’s always nice to play in a professional stadium. If you look where we are today and compare that to either Gigg Lane or Bloomfield Road, then it’s a massive improvement. Last time we played Bury we won 9-0 but I’m sure it won’t be 9-0 again.

Three Lancashire FA Youth Cup finals in four years.

It doesn’t matter because we haven’t won it. To me, losing in the final is the same as losing in the first round. We’ll have a point to prove after last year’s final, which was one of the poorest performances I’ve ever seen from a team in a final. 

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