SAM Rose was delighted with the spirit shown by the Young Brewers side following last night’s FA Youth Cup second round victory over Mansfield Town at the Pirelli Stadium.
Rose’s side ran out victorious after a thrilling 3-2 win to progress to the third round of the competition, and Professional Development Phase Lead Coach, Rose, was delighted with the resilience shown by his side to progress to the next round.
“Our players showed grit, determination and passion tonight, and adding that to the players that we’ve got, it showed that we’re a good side, said Rose.
“We scored some good goals and we created some good chances, but we could have created even more than we did, but we got the job done.
“I think at times the game was a little bit scrappy, a little bit edgy and sometimes we forced stuff. I don’t think we really got into a rhythm, but we managed the game well, especially in the last five minutes after we’d gone and got the winner - ultimately we’ve done well to win the game and get into the next round.”
An exciting away trip to Stoke City is next on the cards for Rose’s Young Brewers side and he says his players won’t go to the Bet365 Stadium fearing their opponents.
“We played Stoke in pre-season and the lads did well. I think when we play against a footballing side then I think we look a better side as well.
“Our boys will be confident going into the tie and I don’t see why we can’t go and get a result there.”
Eye-catching goals from James Matthews, Luke Redfern and Matty Richardson capped last night’s fine win, and captain Redfern said his teammates are buzzing to progress into the next round.
“It was a scrappy game at times, but the boys fought well, and it was a good result in the end.
“It’s one of the nights you dream about as a youngster and to get a goal made it even better.
“We’ve got nothing to fear going into the next round and we fully believe that we’ve got what it takes to win.”
GALLERY: Thank you to Sally Rose for providing images of the game.