PDP Lead Coach Chris Brown spoke to iFollow after the Youth Team’s 1-0 win over Carlisle United on Saturday.
“Our overall performance was superb,” Brown commented.
“We rode our luck a little bit at times, especially when we were giving free-kicks away and they were putting balls in the box. But we defended well and kept a clean sheet against a difficult team. Overall, I think we were the worthy winners.
“We played a different formation, asking the lads to do something a little bit different, so it took them a bit of time to work things out. That’s great, that’s what we want – for them to work it and have them individual learners.
“Some of the football we played was superb. It was quick, it flowed, the tempo of the game was really fast, and we maybe should have scored a few more.”
Brown’s side hit the woodwork three times after taking the lead, but couldn’t add to their tally despite creating a host of chances.
“It’s unlucky, but it happens sometimes. At least we were creating the opportunities to score. Aaron’s [Morley] free-kick was really unlucky.
“The two where Fabio [Tavares] hit the woodwork, he was one-on-one – he just needs to tidy up on his finishing. As long as he’s in those positions, I’m not too bothered, because he’ll definitely improve. I know what type of players he is.”
Under-15s Academy player Luke Matherson started the match and played the full 90 minutes at right-back, putting in a very impressive performance.
“Luke was unbelievable. He wasn’t phased. He played how he would on a Sunday [for the Academy]. He didn’t look tired at all, playing in a more intense game than an Academy game. He was absolutely superb – I’m delighted for him.
“The main thing is from our point of view as coaching staff was for him to enjoy it. He did enjoy it, he excelled and the lads really took to him. I’m made up for him, and hopefully he can progress from that.”
You can watch the full interview on iFollow.