The under 18s fell to a 1-0 Youth Alliance loss to Oldham Athletic on the opening day of the season, but Professional Development Phase Lead Coach Sam Rose feels his team showed a lot of character in defeat.
Oldham had the better of the first-half, but strong defending from the Brewers saw the hosts limited to efforts from range for the most-part.
Burton went close on a number of occasions in the second period, with the away side seeing efforts fly just over the bar on more than one occasion.
Oldham scored the decisive goal when a free-kick was put into the box and the ball was stabbed into the Burton net after a scramble in the penalty area.
Rose feels that the goal was avoidable, but he was pleased with the qualities showed by the team during the game.
He said: “For the majority, we looked comfortable defending but without creating many scoring opportunities, we struggled for quality with the ball. We're disappointed with the goal we conceded having defended balls in to the box for the majority of the game, we will want to deal with situations like that better in the future.
“It was a scrappy goal to concede and could have been avoided. Conceding so late gave Oldham something to hold on to and they saw the last ten minutes out comfortably in the end. Oldham played well and will be happy with today’s result, but we are disappointed we didn't see the game out and keep a clean sheet for a point, something we need to be able to do if we aren't playing well in games like today.
“We worked particularly hard today and the group have showed lots of character and resilience but we will be expecting more in the future. It's important that we quickly move on and improve on today. We're looking forward to next week hosting Mansfield in the Youth Alliance Cup. We finished top of our group last season and we will be hoping to do the same again this time around.”
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