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ACADEMY: Macca Pleased With Young Reds' Response

McLoughlin Reflects On His Side's Latest Success

12 September 2017

Swindon Town U18's Boss Alan McLoughlin was delighted with the response from his players on Saturday.

After losing to Yeovil the week before, the young Reds bounced back in fine style at the weekend to beat Cheltenham Town 4-0, thanks to efforts from Elliot Dugan, Joe Romanski, Luke Haines and Ralph Graham. 

"I was pleased on Saturday," he told swindontownfc.co.uk.

"Again, I thought it was a bit of a lacklustre performance at Yeovil the week before and we took the game a little bit too lightly.

"But, on home soil, we were dominant although Cheltenham caused us one or two problems in the opening ten minutes, but after we scored the first goal and settled down it was a thoroughly professional display.

"There could have been a few more goals in the game as well but we passed the ball around a lot better, we mixed our game up a lot better and that was important.

"We're not a team that just crashes the ball long but it is an effective part of the game and if you have the right players to do that, then you have to mix your game up and become unpredictable. 

"You can't be easy to play against and play in-front of teams all the time. We've got the likes of Sol Pryce, Teo Atick and Elliot Dugan who want to run in-behind so we have to put it there sometimes.

"It is then up to the midfielders to do the horrible, gritty nasty stuff like picking second balls up and all the things they would be expected to do if they went up in the first-team.

"Winning is nice and we have got into a really nice habit over the last year of winning more games than we lose.

"I am pleased with that but, like I said, there could have been a lot more goals and some of the goals were fantastic in terms of passing movement, quality of crosses into the box and overall I was very pleased with a professional performance."

Town were due to take on Gillingham in the Youth Alliance Cup earlier today and Macca was looking forward to seeing how his troops responded to that test.

"They are a big, strong powerful side and they will get the ball forward," he added.

"I'm going to change it all around so all the First-Years who haven't been playing will feature and we will change to a flat back-four because that will be easier for them to manage.

"We'll play 4-2-3-1 and it is a system that will suit the players we've got and we'll have two holding players, giving Jordan Edwards the freedom to go and play.

"It is a test for them and I will be interested to see how they cope with the way Gillingham play and it is a good test for me to see the characters of the First-Years.

"I want to see some progression in them and if they do that then I'm not too worried about the result in the cup, but if we win then that's fantastic."


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