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Liverpool U18 coach Bridge-Wilkinson happy for players after reaching FA Youth Cup final

Liverpool U18 coach Marc Bridge-Wilkinson is delighted to have reached the FA Youth Cup final.

The young Reds confirmed their spot in the showpiece of the prestigious tournament with a 2-1 victory at Ipswich Town on Wednesday night in the last four.

Melkamu Frauendorf came off the bench to score the winning goal in the 81st minute after Mateusz Musialowski had earlier scored to cancel out an opener from Edwin Agbaje.

Bridge-Wilkinson told the club's website: "We played too slow [in the first half], to be honest. We had lots of passes but didn't really go anywhere, didn't create anything, didn't really test their 'keeper, didn't really work the 18-yard box at all.

"So, it was basically just about being more aggressive with the ball, playing forward a bit quicker and making them defend a little bit more. It seemed to work.

"We know Mel can do that, we know that he scores goals, we know that he'll run forward and create problems for the opposition. He came on and did exactly what you want the subs to do. He came on and had an impact.

"They didn't give up, they listened to the instructions at half-time and the group – not just the 11 that play but the whole group – they're really honest and they go out there and give everything that they've got. Thankfully, we managed to get two goals and obviously win the game.

"I haven't thought that far forward, to be honest, but it'd nice [to lift the trophy]. We've got a game to play before any of that happens, so hopefully we'll come out on top and see who we get."

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