FOR the second time in four days, Burton Albion’s under 18s side drew 2-2 with higher rated opposition, as they twice came from behind to hold Derby County at Moor Farm on Tuesday. Charlie Oddy and Ben Hart believe the team performed well against the Rams.
The two sides went in goalless at half-time. Derby took the lead just after the break before Jake Davies drew the Brewers level. The hosts once again took the lead but a strike from Max Smith earned a draw for Burton.
Charlie Oddy believes that the team were good value for their draw, one in which there were a lot of positives to take.
He said: “We played well. I thought that maybe not getting tight enough or winning headers let us down.’’
“We went in 0-0 at half-time. The coaches wanted us to push on and picked a few of us out, which I though was fair, and I thought that we did well to get the draw.”
Ben Hart was pleased that Burton were able to play against such strong opposition.
“When we play against category one teams, we have to be a bit different. They like to keep the ball and play out from the back. We pressed them and made them work.”
Professional Development Phase Lead Coach, Sam Rose, reflected on todays performance and Saturdays 2-2 draw with Bolton Wanderers.
‘’Over the last 2 games, and in the FA Youth Cup against Sheffield United, the group have showed the level of performance that they are capable of. We are encouraged by the performances. The players have had the opportunity to play against strong opposition and have competed and not looked out of place, which is pleasing and should instil belief’’