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ACADEMY: Macca Hoping To Make It Four On The Bounce

U18's In Action Against Newport This Morning

26 August 2017

Town U18’s Manager Alan McLoughlin sees no reason why his side can’t extend their 100% start to the 2017/18 season today.

The young Reds are in action against Newport County this morning at Stanley Park (11am Kick-Off), with a fourth straight win the aim for Macca who is expecting a tough test from last term’s Merit League Champions.

“Byron Moore and his team had a great finish to last season after winning the Merit League and rightly so because they were fantastic,” he told swindontownfc.co.uk.

“I know what to expect from Newport and they will be robust, they are tough boys, they won’t shirk a tackle and they will try to play and they will do their utmost to try and disrupt how we play.

“We try to play attractive football but I’m trying to make us more robust and utilise the forwards we’ve got.

“They all run in-behind so there’s no point playing in-front when their strengths are running in-behind.

“We’ll mix our game up and if we play to our maximum potential and do that for more than 45-minutes, then I would like to think we can win the game and take it to four straight victories.

“I know what to expect from Newport and they will be robust, they are tough boys, they won’t shirk a tackle and they will try to play and they will do their utmost to try and disrupt how we play."

Alan McLoughlin On Newport Test

“If we don’t win then as long as the performance is 100% effort from the first minute until the 95th minute, then no matter what the result is I’ll be more than satisfied.

“The more mistakes they make is helpful because we can learn to put them right throughout the season and by the time they get up to the first-team area their mistakes are starting to reduce.

“It has been quite a disruptive week because we had Thursday off due to the First-Years getting their exam results, so we haven’t trained a great deal.

“It might have a positive effect because it has been quite tough for them, so hopefully they will be fresh and raring to go on Saturday.”


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