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U18'S: McLoughlin Pleased With Players Despite Defeat

Macca Gives His Verdict On Plymouth Outing

22 January 2018

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Swindon Town U18's Manager Alan McLoughlin was happy with the effort his players put in on Friday and felt the 4-1 defeat to Plymouth Argyle was harsh.

The Young Reds suffered their first defeat of 2018 over the weekend, with Sol Pryce grabbing his side's only goal of the game. 

However, despite the heavy scoreline, McLoughlin felt his team performed well on the night and is now keen to learn the lessons taken from that loss. 

"I actually enjoyed the game to be fair and it is not often that you come away from a defeat and you actually enjoy it, but I learned a lot from the game itself," he said.

"We played brilliantly for half-an-hour against a very good Plymouth team who have come on a hell of a lot since we played them earlier in the season.

"They are still in the FA Youth Cup, they took Manchester City all the way into extra-time and then beat them on penalties, then they went to Burnley and beat them so they are a team full of confidence but for thirty-minutes we absolutely dominated the game and we should have been two goals up.

"Sol Pryce, who was excellent in his all-round game on Friday night, found his mojo again and he really caused them problems.

"He had a one-v-one with the keeper, it was saved with his legs and then he had a good chance inside the box and he really should have hit the target and scored.

"Jacob Bancroft then had a good opportunity inside the box and fired it wide, so when you dominate a game like that it is important you get a foothold in the game.

"From our throw-in, it was a poor one, it was hooked to their player, two of our players stood off him and he was able to find the top corner from out of nowhere.

"Plymouth's two goals were great finishes but it wasn't a true reflection on the first-half, although we were still pleased with the players at half-time and we told them so.

"We found our way back into the game with Sol scoring at the near post, but then one of our defenders didn't deal with a long ball over the top, he tried to bring it down, he was caught in possession and we were 3-1 down, so it was a harsh lesson for that player and he needs to learn quickly to defend.

"We got done with a sucker-punch with the last kick of the game to make it 4-1 when we were chasing the game but, overall, I was disappointed that we lost the game but I would have been more disappointed losing games if we hadn't performed, hadn't worked hard and hadn't implemented the things we've worked on. 

"There were lots of little lessons to be learned and credit to Plymouth because they are on a good run and they are a big, strong physical side who also got the ball down and played.

"It was a good game and I enjoyed it."

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