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Youth boss hails attitude after emphatic victory

25 March 2019

Youth manager John Dempster says that the attitude of his under-18 players was ‘spot on’ in Saturday’s emphatic 7-0 win over Huddersfield under-18s.

Braces from Rhys Sarson and Rio Molyneaux, along with further strikes from Jimmy Knowles, Jamie Chisholm and Tyrese Sinclair ensured the young guns secured their biggest win of the campaign so far.

Dempster also spoke about the work his team have put in on set plays, and how it showed during the game.

“I’m really pleased [with the performance],” said the academy manager, speaking after the game. “I think we started the game very quickly with high intensity and managed to get a couple of goals, which settled the players down a bit.

“The surface wasn’t brilliant but we played some excellent stuff, which goes to show if you go about your business the right way and pass the ball properly, you can create some good opportunities on a difficult surface.

“I’m really pleased with the goals. We could have maybe had a few more if we were a bit more clinical, but overall the work ethic from the players and their attitude was spot on.”

When asked about whether his side’s performance was the best of the season, Dempster said: “It was probably up there with one of the most pleasing performances.

“We’ve done a lot of work on attacking set plays of late and haven’t really had the returns we’ve wanted. But today, the delivery, the movement and the contact on the ball was there, which is key.

“I’m really pleased with the goals. We could have maybe had a few more if we were a bit more clinical, but overall the work ethic from the players and their attitude was spot on.”

John Dempster, academy manager

“It was great to see Jamie Chisholm pop up with a goal because he’s so dominant in the box. We want to start getting him to attack the ball and getting the first contact in the attacking box and he did that today, which was pleasing.”

Striker Rhys Sarson, who scored twice in the 7-0 victory, also spoke about the win and his the Stags' ‘great performance.’

“We were quick out of the blocks with an early start from the boys and got an early goal. We really worked hard so altogether, it was a great win," he said after the game.

“I was happy to get the goals but I linked up very well with the players. We kept the ball well and worked hard, so a great performance.

“If a few of the results go our way then we’re right in the mix, so we need to carry on to get a winning streak.”


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