JACK Bromfield and James Melhado both felt that there were plenty of positives to take from the Burton Albion under 18s side’s defeat to Rotherham United.
The Brewers fielded a side mostly made up of first-year-scholars and held firm against a more experienced Rotherham side for 87 minutes until the hosts snatched a late winner.
Bromfield was captain for the game and thought that the team should feel a great sense of pride in their performance, despite the result.
He said: “It was a very young side, considering we are playing against second-years at Rotherham. A few of us had never played together before and I think, because of that there is a lot to be proud of individually and collectively.
“We were organised, we were structured and we had a game plan, and up until the 87th minute it went to plan. Maybe it was a lack of concentration, maybe it was some poor decision making up the field that led to the goal, but that’s football.”
Melhado also believed that the work ethic of the young Brewers stood out during the game.
“It was a great performance from a younger set of lads. I think that we really worked hard and probably deserved something from the game.
“We can take a lot of positives from the game, I feel like it has given us a massive insight into how it is going to be next year, with a lot of the younger lads playing.
“It is a good experience for us, we had some under 16s playing for us and it should put us in good stead for next year.”