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ACADEMY: Macca Left Disappointed After Yeovil Defeat

McLoughlin Wants To See A Response From Young Reds

5 September 2017

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Swindon Town U18's Manager Alan McLoughlin revealed his disappointment after seeing his side's 100% start to the 2017/18 season come to an end on Saturday.

The young Reds had won their opening four games of the new EFL Youth Alliance South West League, but they were put to the sword 2-0 by Yeovil Town on Saturday with Macca frustrated by his players' approach to the game. 

"I wasn't too happy if I'm honest," he told

"I can handle being beat and credit to Yeovil because they were a big, strong, powerful side and we've had slow starts in our away games. 

"The players are finding it a mental strength to get up for the away games in terms of the travel, getting up early in the morning and travelling on the mini bus, which I know can be difficult. 

"I just sensed a negative mindset the day before when one or two players were asked to play in different positions. We had one or two injuries to key Second-Year Scholars and we played a 16-year-old and an Under 16 as well.

"We were a little bit under-strength and one or two players played out of position and I think straightaway they had a negative mindset. 

"There were little trigger factors that were not quite sitting right and we did get to half-time at 0-0, although we didn't play particulary well.

"I think the players were caught out by the aggression and the size and the physicality of Yeovil, I wasn't, but they seemed to be and one or two players, and I've told them who they are, were not at the races.

"However, we were still in the game, we still dominated the game, we put them under pressure at the back and we created some chances without really having a clear-cut chance while they only had one chance of any note in the first-half.

"I asked them to raise the tempo in the second-half which they didn't do and it just didn't happen.

"We gave away a silly goal on 60 minutes from a clearance from a corner, we didn't retain the ball, it went back into the box, there was a bit of a ricochet and it was a nice finish from their player.

"They then scored late on from a counter-attack, so overall I was dissapointed in the way the players approached the game and somtimes a defeat is a good thing for a coach because you see what players are really made of. 

"I'm keen to see what the players are made of in training this week in terms of how they react to a negative performance.

"We need to go on and be more positive against Cheltenham at home this weekend, and I'm expecting that, but I just need to see more character away from home. 

"I'm disappointed but in the bigger picture I am happy with how we are getting on and I want to see a reaction on Saturday against Cheltenham now."

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