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Parkinson confident youth team can bounce back

18 November 2019

Andy Parkinson suggested that it will be easy to lift his players after Tranmere Rovers U18s narrowly lost 3-2 away at Blackpool in the Youth Alliance League.

The young Rovers were ahead at half time thanks to goals from Jacob Walton and Nathan Corness but could not see the game out – suffering two second half Blackpool goals which gave the home side the victory.

Despite this, manager Parkinson believes the players will quickly bounce back from the disappointing defeat.

He said: “It’s easy because all the players are desperate to be footballers – that’s the easy part of youth team football.

“By the time next Saturday comes they’ll be desperate to play again and eager to put the things right that went wrong today.”

The defeat comes after a run of good form for the U18s, including a 9-0 hammering over Morecambe last week. The run of victories saw Tranmere climb up the table, level with Blackpool on 13 points coming into the game.

Although his side were ahead at the break, Parkinson was not very pleased with his side’s first half performance, suggesting that they failed to do the things that had been working for them in previous weeks.

He said: “There were still things in the first half that the players didn’t do that they have been doing previously.

“The lads didn’t defend very well and if you don’t defend particularly well, and you’re not reliable enough in possession, then ultimately you will struggle to get anything out of the game.

“Unfortunately, in both areas of the game we weren’t strong enough today.”

Blackpool made three substitutions early in the second half, one of whom was Ewan Bange – a player that with his height had the potential to disrupt Tranmere’s back line.

Parkinson stated: “Second half the opposition changed a few things, brought on a really tall target man which is always difficult to defend against.

The young Whites boss also believes that his side did not work well enough as a team, which was arguably the most frustrating thing for the gaffer.

He said: “It’s a difficult one for the players to accept because they been on the crest of a wave and doing really well.

“We try and get the balance right here between developing the players individually and giving them the collective mind-set of a team on a match day.

“Today, they didn’t quite get the team concept.”

Tranmere will look the bounce back quickly, but face a tough home fixture against top-of-the-table Preston North End in their next match.

 

 


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