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Wilcox praises performance at Doncaster

19 November 2019

Under-23s manager Russ Wilcox was full of praise for his team’s performance, following the 1-1 Central League draw at Doncaster Rovers on Tuesday afternoon.

Lewis Butroid scored to secure a point for the Iron, who were the stronger side throughout the contest at Cantley Park.

Wilcox told iFollow Iron: “Without a doubt, a point was the least we deserved. I think that’s the best we’ve played. We dominated the game from start to finish, moved the ball around the pitch well but also passed it with a purpose. We penetrated, created good opportunities and even missed a penalty amongst those.

“We’re pleased we didn’t lose the game because that would have been a travesty really. We played really well today and the application and attitude was there for all to see. They looked like they enjoyed the game as well.

“The first team squad players involved applied themselves right and it helped push the other lads on. There were really pleasing performances today.

“Donny got blocks in and made it difficult for us, but we did miss some opportunities and need to be more clinical than that moving forward.

“Dalesy (Andy Dales) had 70 minutes and it’s important that he gets the minutes in and doesn’t break down again. He also had a lot of the ball today as well. John McAtee played really well as ‘the 10’ and had three or four opportunities, and is technically really good. The main thing is he’s getting in the positions and creating opportunities for himself and the team.

“Butty got the goal, which was a tap-in but if he’s not there he doesn’t score. I’m pleased for him.

“Charlie Barks hasn’t played much Under-23s football but I thought he was excellent today. He’s listening to what we’re saying to him regarding his development and what he needs to improve on, and it was a really solid performance today.

“In a nutshell, there wasn’t a poor performance out there. Collectively as a group we were outstanding.”

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