Reece Mitchell played a big part in the reserve team’s victory over Notts County yesterday, and has now set his sights on returning to the first team.Lining up as a left wing back, Mitchell was a constant threat throughout the 90 minutes, winning the penalty that led to Kristian Dennis’ opener, and then tucking away a fine individual goal to seal the win.
Naturally the winger was pleased with his efforts. He said: “It feels good, I haven’t played 90 minutes for quite a while, and even though it was the reserves you have to take it seriously, I’m glad that we got the win.”
Despite being only 21 years old, Mitchell was one of the more senior members of the team, and he along with his team mates bonded well with the likes of Jack Brownell and Joe Rowley from the youth team.
“We had some of the youth team players in, and it’s good for us senior players to play with them and it’s good for them to get experience,” Mitchell said.
“Some of the fringe players haven’t played as much as they’d like so it was a good chance to get some fitness into their legs as well.”
Mitchell’s goal capped off an impressive display, as he evaded a couple of challenges before calmly slotting the ball past County ‘keeper Scott Loach into the bottom left hand corner of the net.
On his goal Mitchell said: “It was good to score today. “It just opened up for me and I had no choice but to shoot!
"Normally I try to put someone else on the spot but luckily it went in for me.”
And with first team boss Gary Caldwell looking on from the stands, Mitchell hopes this performance will put him in the frame to start the match with Oldham Athletic on February 4.
He said: “I’m feeling fit, the more I can play the more I can impress him. “He [Caldwell] was here today and hopefully I impressed him and in the coming weeks and in training as well I can show what I can do.”