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Andy Parkinson on youth development

20 August 2019

Youth Team manager Andy Parkinson believes development and performances should take priority for his side in the EFL Youth Alliance this season.

Parkinson’s U18s were beaten by their Walsall counterparts at The Campus on Saturday morning and the former Rovers midfielder

Parkinson said: “We lost the game and the result wasn’t great but from a development point of view it was a pleasing performance and we could see what they can do moving forward.

”The players are learning, and it is important to keep moving forward as the development of the players is more important than the results at their age.

“They responded positively after going 2-0 down and we got a goal back, but we had a man sent off which changed the game, and Walsall scored three goals from there on which killed the game off.

“It is a new group of U18s, like we have every year and we are trying to install the DNA of Tranmere on the players and we can see that coming out.”

First-Team boss Micky Mellon was also in attendance for the U18s fixture against the Saddlers and Parkinson was pleased that the Scotsman was able to see the youngsters in action.

He added: “Micky was on site to watch the lads and he also spoke to the players at half-time and as youth team staff we are pleased that the first-team manager came down.”

TRFC’s youth side are next in action away at Shrewsbury Town next Saturday morning in the EFL Youth Alliance Cup.

To keep up to date with the Club’s Youth Team by following @TranmereRovers and CLICKING HERE.

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