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Rochdale: We’re Improving Every Week

Posted by Jacob Kilbride
Posted on Thu 9 Nov 2017
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FC Halifax Town under-19’s manager Mark Trueman has said that he believes his side are improving every week after their latest victory in the National League North Alliance.

Halifax defeated ten-man Rochdale 7-0 in Rothwell with Ousman Cham bagging two whilst James Sunderland, Jack Knight, Eliel Anku, Liam Healey and Sam Clayton also found the back of the net.

The result gave Town their fourth straight league win of the season and Trueman believes it’s a signal of the continuing development of his young side.

“I think we’re improving each week which is the sign of a good team,” said Trueman after the match.

“Obviously, we did a lot better in the final third, scoring seven goals, and I thought we were just a little bit too strong for the opposition today.”

“The win was comfortable but the pleasing things out of today are that we’ve created (chances), we’ve scored some good goals, especially in the first-half when they were still putting us under pressure.”

“I thought in the second-half it was comfortable, obviously they went down to ten men, so it was comfortable for us from then on.”

Despite scoring 19 times in their last three league matches and conceding just one, Trueman has warned his side that tougher challenges lay ahead in the coming weeks.

“It was quite comfortable for us (today) but now it’s all about how we prepare the players physiologically,” continued Trueman.

“They need to get themselves up for the next game because we don’t want to get caught cold and start slow against a good team because we could be punished.”

Goalkeeper Carl Rushworth was forced off in the first-half after sustaining a wrist injury, meaning he joins winger Keelan Swales on the injury list.

Trueman gave updates on both promising youngsters. “It’s really disappointing for Carl (Rushworth),” he said, “because he’s done really well in both training and in games and he’s was just coming back into the squad.

“It’s really disappointing but that’s football. I think he’ll recover from it and I think he’ll push back on.”

“Keelan (Swales) will get some results from the hospital soon. I think he’s due an MRI scan as well so we’re still just taking our time with him.”

“But, hopefully when we get these results back, he’ll be (back in) maybe a couple of weeks but we don’t know at the minute what the injury is.”

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