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Reaction: Haynes on Slimbridge

11 September 2019

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Both the first team and under-18s players that featured in Tuesday's Gloucestershire Senior Cup victory over Slimbridge delivered the performance the Robins staff were looking for in the eyes of under-18s boss Pete Haynes.

Alex Addai bagged a brace in a Robins side made up of a mixture of first team and Academy players to help Cheltenham qualify for the next round of the competition.

That next stage will be a visit to Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium but Haynes, who was part of a management team on the night that also included Michael Duff and Russell Milton, was pleased with what he saw at Thornhill Park.

"The first half wasn't quite what we were after or what the players were after," he said. "They all took on a lot of detail at half time, a lot of information, and to be fair they put it into practice second half.

"It's really great from a first team and a pros point of view. They got minutes under their belt, worked really hard and took their opportunities which is great. It's really important that the younger lads see that no matter what game you're playing in you have to give it your all.

"We've got 15 year olds playing tonight from the academy system so it's brilliant that they're getting a pathway and getting an opportunity and standing on their own against a tough and competitive Slimbridge side."

See more from Haynes reflecting on the win over Slimbridge by watching above on iFollow.

Cheltenham are next in action on Saturday with a trip to take on League Two new boys Salford City.

Tickets and away travel are available to buy and book from the ticket office on Thursday and Friday between 10am and 3pm.


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