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ACADEMY REACTION: KEITH GILROY REFLECTS ON HIS SIDE'S 3-2 WIN OVER HARTLEPOOL

2 October 2023

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ACADEMY REACTION: KEITH GILROY REFLECTS ON HIS SIDE'S 3-2 WIN OVER HARTLEPOOL

2 October 2023

BURTON Albion Professional Development Phase lead coach Keith Gilroy believes his side showed good character despite struggling at times in their 3-2 victory over Hartlepool United.

The Young Brewers maintained their unbeaten start to the season, thanks to goals from Ronnie Wakelin, Kiyan Baker-McKay and William Tamen.

Gilroy's squad featured three players from the under-16s team. Speaking after the game, he highlighted how his side showed confidence to win the the match..

He said “I think having that belief from the last few games that even though they’re not at their best, they’re still digging in and showing a different side of the game that sometimes goes unnoticed in academy football.

“They’ve won five out of five games as a group which improves that culture and environment and will give the players a lot of confidence moving forward.

“Equally they’ve had three games in a week and there’s a lot of injuries in the squad so it’s the same players that’s playing.”

Despite leading 2-0 at half time, Gilroy believed that Albion's performance could still be improved. “We thought our intensity, in particularly off the ball, was way, way below par and that did improve in the second half.

“We really do believe in the players in the group, they’re really good kids, good characters, it’s probably a back handed compliment that we expect better in terms of that."

Captain Will Tamen scored the winner today, three days after he made his professional debut for the men's senior team in the Papa Johns Trophy on Tuesday.

Gilroy believes that his success is a reflection on the growth that Will has shown. “We’ve been so pleased with him since pre-season, he’s come in as an under 16, he’s shown his best period in the last couple of months.

“He knows that he has to keep improving because that’s what he does, he’s got a good character and works hard in everything that he does.”

“The other players should look at Will and the application to what he does and try to be the next one getting the professional deal.”


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