Under 18s manager Sam Rose is happy that his side didn't allow their impending FA Youth Cup tie with Sunderland to affect their focus, and praised his team’s effort in their 2-1 win over Doncaster.Goals from Dylan Garnett and Tristan Matthews secured all three points for the Brewers, with Doncaster halving the deficit late on. The side featured a number of players who also featured for the reserve team in their 1-0 win over Morecambe on Wednesday.
The Young Brewers now prepare for their FA Youth Cup third round against the Black Cats on Thursday, but Rose is delighted that his team have continued their good form, despite having one eye on the cup clash.
Rose was also happy with the effort that his team put in after many of their players’ midweek exploits.
“Although we didn't play particularly well this afternoon I think it is important that we got another win. We are disappointed to concede a late goal but, with one eye on the FA Youth Cup, we are really pleased that over the last three games we have been able to build momentum and confidence with two wins and a draw. Also with the majority of the lads playing on Wednesday in the 1-0 win against an older, more experienced side at Morecambe, we are pleased that they have come through today's game without any injuries and everyone is fit and raring to go.
“Thursday is something to look forward to but every game you play is an opportunity to impress. The boys have played today at St George’s Park and the first team manager (Nigel Clough) and his staff were there to watch the game, which gives the lads an extra incentive, if they have ever needed one, to enjoy their football and to try and impress.
“Today we were able to give experience to an under 15 player who got 90 minutes and two under 16 players came on in the second half, which is another positive.
“It is a good habit to get into, winning games, and hopefully we can take that into Thursday.”
Rose also praised Doncaster and said that they had been “the better team” at times during Friday’s game at St George’s Park. The Brewers now turn their attention to their game with Sunderland on Thursday. The game will be played on December 15 (7PM kick off) at Eppleton Colliery Welfare Ground