Academy Manager On 2-0 Loss
Ciaran Donnelly had no complaints following the youth team’s first defeat of the season, acknowledging that Walsall were the better side.
The Academy Manager watched the under-18s’ eight-game unbeaten run come to an end with a 2- loss, and admitted that Blackpool were second best.
“We were well beaten to be honest,” Donnelly said. “We didn't really penetrate them or put them under pressure. We have to accept the loss with humility.
“We knew the unbeaten run was going to end at some point, so it was probably a blessing in disguise that's it come now because we can address the little things that we haven't been so pleased with.”
Without key men Jack Sims, Ben Jacobson, Christian N'Guessan and Rowan Roache, it was always likely to be a tough fixture against The Saddlers.
"We lost a lot of the spine of our team with a goalkeeper, centre half, midfielder and striker so knew that we were going to be up against it,” Donnelly continued.
“At the same time though we saw this as an opportunity for others to stake their claim in the team, but unfortunately they haven't taken it.”
The rest of the month sees the under-18s face a decisive final cup game in the group stages of the Youth Alliance Cup, as well as an FA Youth Cup tie.
“We've got a busy set of fixtures coming up and big games in cup competitions.
"I'm really looking forward to the Youth Alliance Cup game against Morecambe. We'll have to speak to our lads to keep their feet on the ground because we had a great win against Morecambe recently.
"Since the game Morecambe have had some great results so it's going to be a difficult game.”