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Tinnion excited by player pathway

Brian Tinnion says the players who competed for the Robins in the FA Youth Cup should be extremely proud of their efforts after leaving everything on the pitch.

The young Robins suffered a 3-1 loss to Sheffield United at Bramall Lane in the last 16 of the competition – the first time the club has reached this stage in 11 years.

Despite the result, the group gave a strong account of themselves and were left disappointed after not capitalising on their opportunities.

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“We are very proud of the players,” Player Pathway Manager Tinnion told Robins TV. “We’ve had three tough away games in the competition in Nottingham Forest, Fleetwood then again today, but I think the feeling is they’ve missed a little bit of an opportunity today.

“They’ve played ever so well into the final third and just not had that quality and they’ve (Sheffield United) had three shots on target and scored all three.

“The players are disappointed, but they can be proud of their efforts in the Youth Cup, and we know there are some very bright players in there with bright futures.

“We’ve got a good resolute bunch of players and it’s a dressing room, we think we have some real future players in there. There’s four or five first-year scholars that can play in the Youth Cup next year and a lot of those lads have played for our Under-23s this year and helped them get to the top of the league.

“Overall, we are really positive, we’re a bit down now, but we’ve told the lads it’s football, they have to get on with it and there’s a big game with Hull (Under-23s) on Tuesday and a lot of those players will play.”

This season, the number of players breaking into the first team, the success of the Under-23s in the Professional Development League and the advancement in the FA Youth Cup has left a real sense of encouragement for the player pathway.

“Saikou (Janneh) coming on today for the first team was our seventh debut from the Academy this season,” Tinnion continued. “We’ve got scholars who have been training regularly with the first team, so we are really excited for the future of the football club.

“We’ve got to keep them buzzing away and keep them positive. They want to listen, they want to learn, they’re hard-working lads are we are excited for the future.”

Gallery: FA Youth Cup action at Sheffield United

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