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Philliskirk Reacts To Youth Team Victory

8 April 2015

Despite yesterday's 2-0 victory for the youth team, boss Tony Philliskirk felt his side did not perform to the high standards they have set themselves.

Substitute Rio Murray bagged a second half brace after entering the field just after the hour mark.

Speaking about the result, Philliskirk said: "I'm happy with the result but I thought the performance was iffy. We played a lot of next year's intake and they started the game. I think it surprised a few of them about the pace of the game. 

"The Fleetwood lads were a bit older than us so it was going to be difficult for the schoolboys but we started the game brightly and then faded. Devante played, and he hasn't played for a while, so he needed the game. Emil Tansinda has just come back from a long term injury so that was his first full 90 minutes so we have to take that into consideration. 

"We put Rio Murray and Lee Knight on midway through the second half and they are the first year strikers. James Sloane and Brad Kay who are the schoolboys put a good shift in but the first year lads gave us that added imputes and extra quality.

"Both strikers linked for both goals so in the end it was a pleasing result. I said to the lads after the game though that I expected a little bit better."

The young Latics now travel to Bury on Saturday before Tuesday's Youth Alliance Northern Cup final with Wigan Athletic on Tuesday.

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