Wolves loanee Taylor Perry was part of the Cheltenham side which travelled to Sunderland last night.

The Stadium of Light is the biggest ground in the third tier, but Perry didn’t get much chance to enjoy the occasion.

Lee Johnson’s side ran out 5-0 winners thanks to goals from Bailey Wright, Luke O’Nien, Leon Dajaku and a double from Ross Stewart.

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Perry was replaced on 70 minutes, having only had 21 touches of the ball, according to WhoScored.

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He didn’t make a shot, key pass or dribble and he had five unsuccessful touches on a really tough night.

Cheltenham boss Michael Duff said to the club’s official website after the game that his side were missing key players and he knew a heavy loss could have been on the cards.

“I’ve said all along that could happen,” Duff said. “We’ve had a really tough week and we’ve got four or five big players that aren’t available.

 

“When we come to clubs like this we have to do more but we can’t carry those type of injuries when you come to these type of places. We looked young and naive today.

“They’re not in our league. We know that. If anyone expected us to come to these last two games and take points they would be optimistic. We have to do more. We have to fight more. We’ll stick together and learn.”

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A big of going out on loan is playing matches which matter and recovering from heavy defeats.

It’s not ideal, but these are the kinds of experiences that 20-year-olds like Perry don’t get in youth football.

He’ll be stronger for the experience and Cheltenham should improve when their absent players return.

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