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Morris: "The Youngsters Have Had A Wake Up Call"

11 February 2016

U21 Manager Alex Morris on Stockport Senior Cup defeat

Under 21's Manager Alex Morris admits he's learned a lot about his players after they were gunned down by a physical, experienced Stockport side in the Cheshire Senior Cup.

For many of his squad, it was a first taste of senior football against a side packed with ex-pros full of Football League experience and he admits his side found it difficult.

Morris told "It was a difficult night but certainly a helpful night in terms of telling us where all of our players are at.

"Their senior, strongest team played, and it's a good level Conference North, but nonetheless it's four tiers below where our boys are aspiring to play - League One in our first team.

"A lot of our players had a real introduction to what senior football is all about, it was a real wake-up call. They're used to playing in nice sedate conditions in Under 21 football, so it was certainly beneficial in that respect. 

"They learn a lot more from competitive games like that, it will stand them in good stead as a barometer to see where they're at. They've got to realise that they've got to be at it to have a chance of going into the first team."

Hear Alex Morris' thoughts in full on Crewe Alex Player below

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