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Youth Team

Baxter Pleased By Passing Style Against Port Vale

12 November 2017

Midfielder Jack Baxter was pleased by the youth team’s style of play during their 3-2 win against Port Vale on Saturday, particularly in the first-half.

North End came from behind and scored three first-half goals to earn the three points with Tyrhys Dolan, Mike Howard and Oscar O’Neil on the scoresheet.

It was an especially dominant display from the Lilywhites in the opening 45 minutes and playing in a deeper midfield role, Baxter enjoyed playing his part in the contest.

“The whole team was passing it well and the movement was good,” the first-year scholar told “We moved them around the pitch, created a lot of chances and we got the three goals.

“That’s what I try to do; get the ball from the centre-backs and play the ball forwards. Other players made the goals from good movement and passing and that second goal was a really good team goal.

“We want the team to pass the ball coming through the midfield and we’re doing that well. It’s led to a couple of wins, two in two now so we just need to keep going.”

PNE still had plenty of chances in the second-half but Port Vale came into the game slightly more, and the 17-year-old explained that the team had to adjust their playing style slightly.

“In the first-half we were very good but conceded one poor goal and one very good goal. In the second-half we made it a lot harder than it needed to be, one goal could have seen it off but we didn’t get it, so we had to fight until the end to get the win.

“We had to change up how we played in the second-half and be a little more defensive and weary of them but we did well and stopped them scoring.

“But we kept their chances to a minimum, so we did well and they didn’t really have any clear scoring opportunities.”

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