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Reaction: Haynes on Tuffley Rovers

2 November 2020

Under-18s boss Pete Haynes was pleased to see his team secure safe passage to the second round of the FA Youth Cup despite not seeing his squad hit all the right notes in their first round win over Tuffley Rovers.

A Zac Guinan first half goal, brace from Felix Miles and final own goal earned a 4-0 win against a Tuffley team who proved difficult opponents, particularly in the first half, at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium.

Haynes was impressed with the show that Tuffley put on behind closed doors and feels there's a lot more to come from his team as they move into a second round away contest at either Exeter City or Plymouth Argyle.

"Overall you have to say credit to Tuffley. We knew what their threats were before they came and the imposed themselves on us.

"We struggled to impose any intensity or relentlessness and what the lads do week in and week out. So credit to Tuffley in terms of how they approached the game.

"In terms of us when you walk into the dressing room and see the impression on the players faces they're disappointed which is strange when you're winning 4-0 but there's some disappointment in maybe the way they went about the game in terms of in possession.

"But ultimately we stressed the importance of practicing certain things and certain behaviours. They came out in the way that we defended at times which is great.

"Using a set piece to get a foothold in the game is really important. So overall, credit to Tuffley, they made it very difficult for us. But on the flip reverse there are some disappointed players that feel like they could have done more and should have done more.

"We're through to the second round and 4-0 at home is a good result in the end."

See Haynes' full post-match interview by watching above on iFollow and on the EFL iFollow smartphone app.


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