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14 November 2022

Match Reports


14 November 2022

BREWERS Professional Development lead coach Keith Gilroy was pleased with the mentality shown by his side to earn a hard fought 2-0 win against Rotherham United at the weekend.

Having suffered penalty shoot-out heartbreak last weekend in the FA Youth Cup, Albion responded in a brilliant manner as goals from Dylan Scott and Oakley Hazell were the difference against a physical Millers side.

Gilroy was quick to praise his sides energy levels despite the players coming off the back of a brutal 120 minutes of football last weekend, whilst ten of the Professional development side also played a part of in an important 3-2 win in the Birmingham Senior Cup on Tuesday night alongside several first team stars.

Gilroy said: “I think it was a really important win for the players as they’ve had a good week in regard to experience with a lot of them playing in the Senior Cup against men on Tuesday night, and obviously we had the FA Youth Cup last week and we couldn’t ask any more of the boys in terms of work rate both this weekend and last.

“I’m particularly proud of them as it was a different type of game to what we normally play, as we had a lot more of the ball and tried to build through the pitch to get in behind at the right times.”

Gilroy was particularly pleased with his young squad’s mentality in a game where chances were few and far to come by.

He said: “You could tell it was a really scrapy game but sometimes in development it’s far better to see games like this to see the how resilient the players are. Today was really all about the fight and winning of second balls against a really really physical Rotherham side.

“At the end of the day winning and development go hand in hand, so to have that mentality and that fight was really pleasing in a game where the football came second.”

A huge bonus for Albion was the continued return of Jakub Niemczyk who completing his second set of 90 minutes this week having suffered a horror injury at the end of last season whilst on loan at Belper Town.

Albion’s lead coach was particularly pleased with the progress Niemczyk has made over the past week.

He said: “Look Kuba’s (Niemczyk) had a really tough time at the football club after making his debut so young in the first team a couple of years ago, to more recently having a few injuries.

“I think you can see his power and drive is there, but he still needs to find his match sharpness, but what you get with Kuba is that energy and fitness and I have no doubt he’ll be back to his best soon.”

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