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Murphy: Win Most Important Thing

20 March 2017

Youth Team Beat Port Vale 2-0

John Murphy was pleased to see the youth team win 2-0 against Port Vale in tough conditions.

With heavy rain in Lancashire for the past few days, the game only went ahead after a pitch inspection by the referee an hour before the scheduled kick-off.

Speaking after the game, here’s what the assistant coach had to say…

An important win in difficult circumstances.

The most vital thing is that we won. It was a professional performance. We’ve done well to get the game on and it was touch and go. My arms are killing from brushing water off the pitch but it was worth it in the end.

The first half wasn’t particularly great but Dylan Sumner has popped up with a good goal which he’s more than capable of and in the second-half he scored again so it was a good 2-0 win. 

Will Avon and Ewan Bange.

Will Avon is an old fashioned defender and you can never have too many good defenders in your team. He’s quick, he gets on with it and he does need to improve his technique, but when we get him full-time next year we’ll do that. 

Dare I say it, Ewan Bange reminds me of myself so it’s pleasing to see. He’s always looking to bring people into play and when you get players around him then he’s a handful. The kid is excellent and a breath of fresh air. It doesn’t matter how old you are, if you’re good enough then you’ll play for us.

The red card incident.

I’ve had a word with the referee and I think they were both at it. Jack Newton is aggressive but he needs to curb it in certain ways on the pitch because he’s too easily wound up. He’s brilliant at tackling, puts himself about, is committed at everything he does but he gets involved. 

Dylan Sumner’s double.

He scored with two good finishes. One was on his left foot and with the second one I thought the keeper was going to get it but he hesitated and it was a tight finish. He had to be spot on with it but Dylan is very technically good so you’d expect him to be able to do that.

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