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Academy Head Salutes Forward's Perfectly Timed Goal

5 January 2018

KEVIN Hodges hailed his youth team's perfect timing after the Young Pilgrims booked their place in the last 16 of the FA Youth Cup.

Billy Craske was the Under-18s' match-winner against Premier League Burnley on Friday night, securing a 1-0 win with a strike in the second of four minutes added on to the end of the second half at Turf Moor.

"It was the perfect time to score," said Academy head Kevin. "It didn't give Burnley any time to get back into what was a very close game.

"Billy made a great run on to a good ball from Luke Jephcott and finished it off very nicely with his left foot.

"Burnley started sharper than we did and and came at us for the first 20 minutes but we worked our way into the game and there was nothing in it after that.

"We had a couple of litle moments without carving out a glorious chance before we took our chance."

After knocking out Academy giants Manchester City in the previous round on a penalty shoot-out following a 0-0 draw, Argyle's youngsters have now gone three and a half hours against Premier League opponents without conceding a goal.

Kevin said: "Funnily enough, the defence has been an area that's concerned me this season.

"We have leaked some poor goals but, since the cup run, we have instilled some discipline and when Michael Cooper is in goal, he has a big impact on our defence."

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