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ACADEMY PLAYERS’ VERDICT: BOLTON

22 January 2018

NATHAN Morley and Ethan Vale both played as the Burton Albion under 18s drew 2-2 with Bolton Wanderers at St George’s Park and the players reflected on a good performance from the young Brewers.

Goals from Reece Hutchinson and James Harrison put Burton 2-0 at the National Football Centre. The Trotters came from behind to hold the Brewers to a draw. Morley believes that the team should take confidence form their performance against higher category opposition.

He said: Overall, it was a very good performance from the team. Obviously, we conceded two goals, one of them could have been dealt with but everybody worked hard and we played some good football at times.” 

Vale echoed his teammate’s sentiments, and thinks that Burton could even feel unlucky not to have won the game.

He said: “I thought that we were unlucky not to get anything out of the game. I know that it was a friendly, but we played exceptionally well in the first half, we created chances and could have put the game to bed with the chances we created in the second half. I thought that the team played really well and we have to take that into our next game.”

Bolton are a category two Academy, while Burton are rated one category lower (three). Morley believes that the Brewers will have caught some people off-guard with what they produced on Saturday.

He said: “Going into games like that, you have always got something to prove. Going 2-0 up and playing like we did shows what a good side we actually are.”


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