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McLoughlin Pleased With Cheltenham Exercise

Macca Reacts To Central League Outing

9 January 2018

Swindon Town U18's Boss Alan McLoughlin declared himself pleased with his Development side following their 2-2 draw with Cheltenham Town in the Central League earlier today.

Paul Mullin and Ollie Rejek were on the scoresheet for the Reds, who named a fairly strong side with the likes of Matty Taylor, Ben Purkiss and John Goddard all handed run-outs.

A number of McLoughlin's Scholars were also given the chance to impress in-front of Dave Flitcroft and Macca was happy with how the game unfolded.

"I thought it was a good game," he told the media.

"They (Cheltenham) were the more aggressive, dominant side but then eventually we became braver, we passed the ball and we really dominated the first-half in terms of quality of possession.

"We didn't create too many clear-cut chances but we got in enough good positions, so I was pleased at half-time to take a one goal lead in.

"It was a very well-taken goal, good play by Johnny Goddard and I would expect Mulls (Paul Mullin) to finish that.

"Second-half probably wasn't as good, we lost a bit of experience because we had a lot of Scholars out there but even still we got into great positions. 

"We didn't quite get far enough head and that always leaves the door open for a mistake and that's what happened. 

"It is a free header in the box and the game ends up as a draw, but it was an entertaining game overall and I think the lads enjoyed the game.

"I was pleased with the workout and I was pleased with the young players because they've been able to showcase their talents in-front of the manager, which is difficult sometimes.

"It was dual-purpose really. It was for players who haven't been playing in the first-team recently, whether that is because they've been left out or through injury, to come back in and play some minutes.

"I don't want to heap too much pressure on the young players in these sorts of games because it is important that they go out and we see something that we can work on.

"You saw today with some of the performances that they fitted in really well.

"The workout was what we needed and both the Scholars and the Pros got a lot out of the game."

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