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Youth Team Update

4 December 2014

Youth team boss Tony Philliskirk feels his players will benefit from a free weekend last week as he looks to turn around the form of his side.

After previously going on a ten-game winning streak earlier in the season, the youngsters have lost their last six consecutive fixtures which has seen them fall to mid-table in the league. 

With players on their way back from injury, the boss believes the break will have helped his youngsters progress further in their rehabilitation.

He said: "It has given us a two week period where we have been able to train. Some of the boys who have been missing will hopefully be back next week. 

"It's good news for Danny Byrnes who hasn't kicked a ball all season. He started training last week and has looked really good so he will profit from another week's training. Ryan Ellison, who has had two knee operations, is back training as well. 

"Some of the younger players have played week in, week out and I just think the last four or five results have just caught up with them. They have done really well considering but the players coming back now will give us the extra physicality to our squad. The players coming back will give us much more balance and strength going forward."

Philliskirk, who was recently nominated for 'Professional Game - Professional Phase Coach of the Year' award, was critical of his side's recent performances but is looking forward to putting things right on Saturday.

"I'm not making no excuses. Some of the performances we have put in haven't been good enough. There are many things that happen during a season and it is how you deal with them. We are getting our key players back now and we will look to rise to the challenge in the league now," commented the 49-year-old.

"We have Fleetwood at home on Saturday who have had a really good run in the youth cup. They have got to the third round and beat Sheffield United in the second round so it's not going to be easy. We have players coming back and we look forward to the challenge. The lads haven't played in a couple of weeks as well so they are chomping at the bit to get going again."

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