Development Coach disappointed with result
Steve Eyre felt his side lacked a cutting edge upfront as they suffered defeat on the opening day of the Under-21 Professional Development League.
His side dominated possession during large parts of the game, but passed up a number of good chances to test the Crewe ‘keeper.
“It was a good exercise for us but we have started a League now and results matter,” Steve told htafc.com.
“It was a good fitness exercise for the senior professionals that played and a good contest for the youth and development players – the performance provides us with a line to improve upon.
“I was satisfied by the performance, attitude and application of the players, but from a result point of view obviously less so. When we came in at half-time I was a little bit worried by the score-line because I thought we had dominated and enjoyed so much comfortable possession, but without hurting the opposition.
“I called upon individuals within the team to take the game by the scruff of the neck and take the contest on further, but that was what one of Crewe’s players did at the start of the second half. Their goal altered the mood of the game, I thought we were unfortunate not to get at least two of the four decent penalty appeals that we had. I think that affected us a little bit and then they went and scored from a set-play which is always disappointing.”
Eyre included three trialist in the team – right-back Tommy Smith, left-back Robbie McIntyre and midfielder Dale Hopson – who all did well despite their lack of preparation time with their teammates.
“Dale Hopson and Tommy Smith are likely to sign for us permanently and Scott Kay who has signed for us was pulled out as a precaution before the game. I thought the left-back Robbie McIntyre competed well and we would like to look at him again.
“It is hard to work on set-plays and team shape when we only have a limited number of players in our training session, but we are here to service the whole football club. The first team is of paramount importance and we will facility the managers needs to get some of his players game time; but we don’t want to take away the development aspect of these games.”
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