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RUSK PLEASED WITH EFL TROPHY PROGRESSION

9 November 2016

The Albion coach was happy to seal qualification.


Simon Rusk was delighted to reach the knockout stages of the Checkatrade Trophy, and believes his team were worthy winners against Leyton Orient at the Amex last night.

The Albion coach felt his team could have added to the narrow 1-0 scoreline, but was pleased to keep a clean sheet and enjoy large spells of possession in the game.

He said, “The players deserved to go through. We expected them to play 4-4-2, so we played 4-3-3 hoping we’d be able to control possession, and we did.

“My opinion on football is that every game is there to win, that should be your first priority, but we always try and win in the right way, especially with development football.

“I’m very pleased with the clean sheet, because before the game I spoke about how important that would be, it wasn’t going to be about how many goals we could score.

“There’s lots to be pleased about, we knew we had to win in the 90 minutes, we needed to get a clean sheet and we did exactly that under a lot of pressure."

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Rusk praised the younger members of his squad for their positive contributions, and believes the competition has given them a chance to prove their worth.

“There were some really good performances; Ben White and Ben Hall did very well, and Will Collar had to be adaptable going out to right-back again.

“The players were brave on the ball and made themselves willing to take possession, so I think it’s been a good display from our lads in this competition in general.

“I’d like to think that two or three of my younger players have proved they could make an impact at League One or League Two level."

Albion defender Uwe Huenemeier was withdrawn from the game after 24 minutes, but Rusk played down the extent of the German’s injury.

“I think Uwe is fine, he got a little bit of a knock from an early corner and that caused some dizziness. I don’t think it’s anything to be concerned about.

“It’s unfortunate for Uwe, because he’s a great guy to have around and he started the game very well.

“I’m disappointed that he couldn't get more minutes under his belt at the Amex, but it doesn’t look like anything too serious, which is a good thing.”


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