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26/07/2012 11:01, Report by Adam Marshall & Nick Royle
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Joyce pleased with trip

Warren Joyce feels the short trip to Ireland this week has been beneficial to his young squad.

The Reserves coach took charge of a United XI for friendlies against Longford Town and Cork City with Mats Daehli scoring the only goal of the game on Monday before a 2-0 defeat on Wednesday night at Turner's Cross.

It's all part of the learning curve for a very youthful party and, while disappointed with some of the aspects of the performance against Cork, there were certainly plenty of positives to come out of the two matches.

"There are hopefully a lot of things they can pick up," stated Joyce. "To come here in front of a reasonable hostile crowd, you want a bit of that, as it's another experience. They are looking around and have not had that before.

"There is the FA Youth Cup but sometimes, even playing in front of 10,000 or 15,000 at Old Trafford, the crowd is not on top of you and it was a great atmosphere tonight. It felt like a proper league game for me and it's new for the players to experience that.

"I was disappointed with a lot of things but happy with the game," he insisted. "There were a lot of disappointing performances from individual players and a lot of things collectively were disappointing as well.

"I talked to them beforehand and said there are people coming to see you for the first time and will leave with an opinion of what you are as a player and as people and it might not be a true opinion. I would be disappointed if I was an individual player but that's part of their development as well. One or two gave a reasonable account of themselves and people might go back and talk about them and try to follow their progress.

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