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MARCUS ON CIRENCESTER WIN

25 September 2013

Development coach on last night's victory

Development Coach Marcus Stewart was pleased with his side’s performance against Cirencester Town last night.

A 3-1 win against Cirencester, in the first round of the GFA Senior Challenge Cup, was achieved with goals from Seanan Clucas, Ollie Norburn and Ellis Harrison and Rovers now face an away tie against Yate Town in the second round of the competition

“I thought we played very well and the players did what was asked of them, which was really pleasing.

“We stuck to our task, and kept the pressure on, just as we did in the recent friendly match against Mangotsfield.

“It was disappointing to concede a goal from a defensive mistake, but we responded straight away with another goal of our own and put them on the back foot.

“Overall, I would say that I was very pleased with our effort in the first half and then delighted with the response in the second half after Cirencester got themselves back in the game.”

The game was played at a high tempo, particularly in the opening period, and getting crosses into the box was something his players did on a regular basis throughout the game.

“The players who started this game had only scored a single goal between them all season, so I just set them a little challenge to get more and they did that.”

Sean Clucas, returning to competitive football after seven months on the sidelines with a cruciate ligament injury, opened the scoring.

“It was great to see him get off the mark. He’s an all out, all action, player the type you like to have in your side. When the chips are down you know he will still do the right things and do a job for the team.

“I thought everyone worked hard in this game, though, not just Seanan.”

Marcus takes a side to Watford next Thursday, for a game in the U-21 Cup and that will represent a slightly different challenge for his players, though he may well field a similar side.

“Most of the team we had out last night could play next week, because we are allowed to field three over age players. Our team will be very similar to the one we put out last night though may be a little bit younger as we have a first team game just two days later.”


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