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B Team Defender Malakai Reeve Reacts To Our 3-0 Win Over Preston North-End Reserves.

15 November 2023

Club News

B Team Defender Malakai Reeve Reacts To Our 3-0 Win Over Preston North-End Reserves.

15 November 2023

The Young Bluebirds secured their third win of the season yesterday afternoon after beating a young North-End side 3-0, but despite the impressive score-line, Reeve revealed he felt Jason Taylor’s men had a rough start to the match.

He said: “The game today was good, I thought Preston started really strongly in the first 15 [minutes] and I feel after a tough opening 15 minutes we got a foothold in the game and then showed our quality, winning 3-0 and getting a clean sheet as well. On a personal note, I’m really pleased to get a full 90 and a clean sheet too.”

With the move to Barrow being Reeve's first taste of senior men’s football, he enjoyed playing against a younger side yesterday to compare how his game has developed since signing for the Bluebirds in the summer.

He added: “I feel like the environment I’m in now, the more physical side of the game like running and off the ball stuff is demanded more and is seen as more of a positive than on the ball stuff. So it’s nice to see where I’m at, compared to other teams and other players I’ve played against previously in my career.

“I’ve played a variety of positions in my time, mainly right-back, centre-mid and centre-half so it was nice to get a good run out in one of my preferred positions [right-back] and get 90 minutes in my legs.”

It’s been a really positive past week for the 19-year-old who also featured in our 2-1 victory over Liverpool U21s in the EFL Trophy last week.

Reeve added: “I really enjoyed the match against Liverpool last week, and to get another runout on a bigger pitch was really good.

“It was a really nice experience to have all the fans there as it felt like they were properly behind you, and when you did something right you got a big roar from the crowd which was really nice.”

It’s been just under four months since the young defender put pen to paper on a one-year deal at the SO Legal Stadium and Reeve has been really thankful for all the support he’s received from other members of the squad during that time.

“I’m really enjoying my time here,” said the 19-year-old.

“I couldn’t ask for more experience from them lot [the other defenders]. When I do make mistakes in training, they do pull me up on it, and little things off the pitch as well to help me improve as a player both on and off the pitch.

“It’s been a bit up and down with my performance levels, but the lads have made me feel so welcome and it’s been a really positive experience so far.”


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