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WE HAD TO WORK HARD RIGHT UNTIL THE END

29 July 2014

Iron manager Russ Wilcox felt his side could have won by a better margin at Frickley Athletic.

A United side mixed with experience and youth won 1-0 in their latest friendly thanks to a strike from Deon Burton in the second half.



After the game, Wilcox told The Iron Player: "I was pleased. The game was tight and hard work was made of it but you have to give Frickley a lot of credit for that.

"They looked a better outfit than they did this time last season.

"They played 4-3-3 and gave us a few problems at times.

"It was a really good work-out and I was disappointed we didn't get a few more goals.

"It's good to introduce the youngsters too.

"We seemed to keep giving Frickley the opportunity tonight. We could have kept the ball better and moved it quicker.

"Matt Sparrow just got it and moved it on every time and you wanted everyone else to do that.

"Most of the players seemed to want to do everything themselves.

"Nobody can move quicker than the ball, and we have to move that around the pitch better.

"It was a tight game and we had to work right up until the last minute to get that result.

"It was a great finish from Deon Burton and we perhaps should have had a penalty in the first half too.

"Frickley created chances, and I was really pleased with Pat Weaver in goal.

"His development in 12 months is really pleasing. He has looked assured this year and made some good saves as well. He was terrific."

See reaction from Russ Wilcox, Terry Hawkridge, Miles Addison, Luke Waterfall, Andrew Boyce and Paul Harsley on The Iron Player.

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