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INTERVIEW: Camp's reaction on the win over Shrewsbury Town

Stanley PDP Coach Lee Camp discusses the 6-1 Under-18s win over Shrewsbury Town

23 January 2024

Interviews

INTERVIEW: Camp's reaction on the win over Shrewsbury Town

Stanley PDP Coach Lee Camp discusses the 6-1 Under-18s win over Shrewsbury Town

23 January 2024

Accrington Stanley Professional Development Phase Coach Lee Camp discusses the 6-1 Under-18s win over Shrewsbury Town.

"It was a game of two halves, with the conditions. In the first half, we had the wind and we used it to our advantage well.

"Having said that, I thought we played some good football, passed the ball well, and the wind was a big advantage for us to get a nice lead at half-time.

"We knew, second half, it was going to be a different game and we spoke at half-time about managing the conditions.

"We knew there would be periods where we'd come under a bit of pressure, but it was just about having a plan to deal with that, to accept it as a challenge, and I thought the boys did that really well.

"The 4-0 lead is a nice cushion and it gives you that chance to defend it, but bar their goal, I felt pretty comfortable and I thought it was a great effort by the lads.

"They limited them to shots from distance and they never had any real clear-cut chances, so to show the character and spirit to do it in tough conditions, it's a great effort by them.

"When a lot of academies were closed down for the Christmas break, we had days in where we worked hard.

"I think their fitness levels are better and it's credit to them because they've worked really hard and they've put a lot of work into many areas, we're really pleased now that that side of the game is showing through.

"The great thing about Anjola (Popoola) is he knows that he's got so much more development, he hasn't rested on his laurels and he's always looking at ways of getting better.

"He's always wanting to speak about the game and he's great with his review stuff we do.

"In Anjola's case, he's got a real knack for being in the right place at the right time and he got another two today, but he could've had maybe another two or three.

"He's got loads more to do, but his development is on an upwards curve, and the most important thing is I think he's got the personality, the character, to want to learn and not rest on his laurels.

"Since me and Luke (Morgan) have come in, we've changed a few things around and a lot of the emphasis has been on getting fitter and stronger.

"I believe that if you're fit and strong, in them latter stages of the game where it gets hard, your body will carry you through.

"It is about development, but it is the teach-to-win phase, so it's important that they learn that people want winners, people don't want losers.

"It gives them another challenge to look at and teams will be looking at them now, so it's a different pressure to deal with."


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