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Academy 0-0 Walsall

14 April 2015

North End Academy boss Nick Harrison was pleased with Adam James Robinson’s return in the 0-0 stalemate with Walsall.

Preston North End Academy boss Nick Harrison took the U18s’ 0-0 draw with the Walsall a fortnight ago as a positive point rather than two dropped; the inclusion of Adam James Robinson one of the main reasons for the positive outlook on the contest.

The youngster has had an injury plagued campaign for the Academy in 2014/15, so Harrison was glad to see him earn his first start as the season enters its closing stages.

“It was a good game between two good teams. We played some good stuff and Adam James Robinson, who has been out quite a bit with injury, made his first start and did well,” said the manager.

“He has been with the Club since he was eight years old and he is a good player.

“He has had a few problems with injuries since the start of the season and it was pleasing to get him back.

“He gives the group a lot of energy, works hard and effects the game and it was good to see him do that in his first start against Walsall.”

“It was a competitive game with both teams having chances and a draw was probably a fair result in all honesty.

“For us, it was a point gained because we have been looking at a lot of defensive principles recently, a period we have now moved on from, and getting another clean sheet from the game was obviously one of the objectives.

“But on the back of that we are disappointed not to have scored.

“The players have to learn to keep clean sheets but also to put the ball in the back of the net at the other end.

“From a defensive point of view we are happy with a clean sheet, from an offensive point of view we are disappointed that we did not take our chances.

“Both teams worked really hard and both teams tried to score but the defences came out on top.

“From our point of view, it is something that we have done in little patches throughout the season where we have kept consecutive clean sheets and we have then gone a couple of games where we have conceded three in one and four in the other, so it is definitely pleasing to get a clean sheet, but, like I said,
our players also have to learn that the game is about getting three points and winning.

“They have got to convert to do that and perhaps show a little bit more desire and devilment to put the ball in the back of the net.”

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