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Tony Philliskirk Disappointed At FA Youth Cup Exit

15 December 2016

Youth team boss Tony Philliskirk was thoroughly disappointed with his side after their FA Youth Cup exit last night.

Birmingham City ran out 1-4 winners at Park last night to knock Philliskirk’s men out of the competition at the third round stage.

Speaking about the performance, Philliskirk said: "I’ve got to be brutally honest and say I’m massively disappointed. A succession of school boy errors have cost us. 

“We looked so nervous and panicky and the early goal put us on the back foot straight away. 

“We tried to galvanise our team at half time, the first team manager came in and said some fantastic words to the lads but we just weren’t good enough. 

"I’m just disappointed because that’s not how we have played this year. We have played with energy, pride, passion and I didn’t feel any of that was on show tonight. 

“The last thing I said to the lads before the game was to not have any regrets coming off the pitch at the end of the game but I think certainly nine out of the first 11 definitely will be walking away with regrets.

“I thought the two central midfield players Chinedu Uche and Rory Middleton worked their socks off and had good games. 

“The players had a chance to showcase what they have done this season but they fell below the standards we have set on the night. 

“Sadly the people who have come tonight haven’t seen the real Oldham Athletic youth team and that’s the saddest thing of the lot."

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