U18s manager Sam Rose admitted that his side were disappointed to not win the game, despite the under 18s extending their unbeaten run in the Youth Alliance to seven games with a 1-1 draw.James Harrison’s goal was his third in four games, having scored to help the Brewers overcome Lincoln City 3-1 and Grimsby Town 2-1 last time out. He gave Burton the lead before a direct Scunthorpe side drew level to deny the under 18 team all three points.
Rose conceded that he was disappointed not to come away with a win, but believes the point could be a valuable one on reflection.
“We rode our luck a little bit today and 1-1 looks a good result against a very direct team that have caused us to defend a lot of set-pieces and put a lot of balls onto our centre-backs but we're not entirely happy with how we defended from open play and from set pieces in the second half.”
“We go in to every game wanting to win it and if we don’t then we are disappointed. We had a good first half, we did lots and lots of good things, we stopped Scunthorpe from putting crosses in the box and we put pressure on the ball higher up the pitch, our three at the back headed the ball and cleared the ball well and, when we had the opportunity to, we brought the ball down and played some good football on a difficult surface.
“We scored a goal that we deserved, we could have been a couple of goals up at half time, but we didn’t take those one or two other chances that we created. In the second half, we conceded a goal from not defending down the side and a ball across the box. From that point on, we stopped doing the things that we had done really well in the first half and that caused us problems, it allowed Scunthorpe into the game.
Rose’s side next host fellow Youth Alliance title contenders Oldham Athletic in a crucial fixture on Saturday.