The youth team were left to settle for a point in the EFL Youth Alliance on the weekend, having been held to a goal-less draw against Tranmere Rovers.
The under-18s looked bright throughout the game and created plenty of chances, however they just couldn’t find the decisive breakthrough.
Coach Danny Ventre was proud of the display from the team but claimed his side should have made their chances count.
“I thought we controlled the game from start to finish, without being ruthless enough in the final third. Tranmere sat off in a compact shape and looked to counter us, which they nearly did on a couple of occasions.
“We had a really good opportunity in the first-half where Owen Watkinson should have scored from a superb Harry Winstanley pass. Their goalkeeper had a good game but we should of made our chances count.”
Although the whole team put in a good performance, Ventre singled out Sean Graham as the standout player from the game and spoke about his time at the club.
“Sean has done very well this season. It took him time to get up to the speed of things in his first year - he had to adapt to new surroundings having come from Northern Ireland - but he is now showing signs of why we signed him.”
Nathan Shaw returned to the youth team squad also for the journey after being involved with the first-team for several weeks, and Ventre hailed his professionalism and ability.
“Having Nathan Shaw back with us for Tranmere was great. He is a player who can make something out of nothing, he is a player you can trust on the ball and he seems to lift everyone around him with his ability and quality.
“Being sub for the first-team on the Tuesday at Sunderland and then playing with the youth team on the Saturday can affect some players, but Nathan showed good professionalism and performed quite well, especially in the second-half.”
The under-18s next face Bury away from home on Saturday, kick-off 11am.