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FA YOUTH CUP REACTION: Macca Thrilled With First Round Success

Macca Reacts To Stunning Newport Victory

4 November 2017

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Swindon Town U18's Boss Alan McLoughlin expressed his delight after seeing his side cruise to a 6-2 victory against Newport County in the FA Youth Cup earlier.

Despite seeing Jacob Bancroft shown a straight red card with less than twenty-minutes on the clock, the young Reds put on a show at The Energy Check County Ground to secure their place in Round Two. 

Sol Pryce and Ollie Rejek both grabbed a brace while Luke Haines and Teo Atik also got in on the act, leaving Macca singing the praises of his team in the wake of the game. 

"We changed our system when we lost Jacob (Bancroft). I thought he got the ball first and then his momentum took him through to the Newport player," he said.

"I thought it was harsh but we dealt with it really well. 

"We didn't panic and we were confident with the shape we had even with one less player. We wanted to play two upfront against a very competent Newport side and we just stuck with it.

"We were very comfortable in the first-half, even with ten men, and we warned the players that they were going to press and we were right and we just didn't get going for 15-minutes.

"We believed that the players would get a foothold back in the game and all credit to the lads because they scored some wonderful goals today.

"They really played well and Newport had a spell for about 15-minutes, but to have ten men for 75-minutes and to win 6-2 is a fantastic achivement by everyone. 

"I'm delighted with the whole squad for their approach, their fitness levels and there was some real quality today.

"You won't see a better goal than Ollie Rejek's second goal at The County Ground this season, it was absolutely brilliant. 

"Overall, the quality of what we did in the final-third of the pitch was very, very good.

"I'm happy with the players, happy with the performance and happy to be in the next round against Northampton.

"I'm also pleased with the people who turned out today and there was a huge cheer when we scored the fifth goal.

"The boys also got a nice round of applause and I'm delighted."

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