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Perkins Glass Half Full

JOHN PERKINS felt that his Under-18s side deserved more from their encounter against Blackburn Rovers on Tuesday morning after they picked up a point on their travels to extend their unbeaten run to four.

The Potters came away from Lancashire with a 1-1 draw but wasted a number of golden opportunities to take the game away from Blackburn, particularly in the first half.

The former Nottingham Forest, Derby County and Wolverhampton Wanderers youth coach told that he was pleased with the team's overall performance but slightly disappointed not to have picked up the win.

"I thought out first half performance was excellent and the only thing that was missing really was a hatful of goals," Perkins said.

"I certainly feel that if we had gone in 3-0 up at half time it would have been nothing more than we deserved so to be level at 1-1 was disappointing really, especially after they scored through a lucky shot which has taken a wicked deflection off Sam Coulson and wrong footed Dale Eve in goal.

"We hit the bar, had chances cleared off the line and goalmouth scrabbles, but the goal that we did eventually score to equalise through Tomi [Adeloye] was a brilliant one-touch move which I was delighted to see.

"I was really pleased with the manner in which the lads responded because we tried to play football the right way by wanting to try and pass the the ball and have good movement on what was a difficult surface.

"It became a bit scrappy in the second half and they changed their tactics slightly by going a bit longer which is their prerogative but we tried to do the opposite and play our passing game.

"Credit to our lads who maintained a good attitude and tried to play in the correct manner.

"Overall we have gone to Blackburn, which is tough place to go, and although we are disappointed not to have won the game at least we haven't lost it."

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