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Youth Team Draw 2-2 With Shrewsbury Town

John Murphy Reflects As Under-18s Are Pegged Back

14 October 2018

John Murphy reflected on a game of two contrasting halves, as the youth surrendered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 at Shrewsbury Town.

After a great first-half where the under-18s looked comfortable, it was the hosts who came out stronger in the second-half to peg Blackpool back.

“We had a good first-half playing well, scoring two goals and looking in control, then after the break we just weren’t at it,” said Murphy, Blackpool’s Professional Development Phase Coach.  

“We stopped doing what we did well in the first-half and Shrewsbury were the better team. They worked harder than us and competed more than us.

“In the end we were lucky to walk away with a draw as Shrewsbury were the more dangerous team.”

Aside from league action, the under-18s are all set to participate in the FA Youth Cup once again in the coming weeks, having reached the semi-finals of the competition last season.

A tie against either Guiseley or Ossett United awaits in the first round, with Murphy insisting that his side must be better in the tie than they were against Shrewsbury.

“We will play a non-league side, but we will treat it with the utmost respect. I’ve told the players they have to be better.

“It is a tie we are looking forward to and one we want to win and hopefully progress into the next round,” he added.

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