PDP Lead Coach Chris Brown says the Youth Team’s first-half performance in their win over Oldham Athletic was “very good”.
Dale were 3-2 winners over their near neighbours in the first round of the Lancashire FA Professional Youth Cup.
However, they needed a stoppage time Fabio Tavares winner to see them through to the next round after letting a 2-0 lead slip.
“In the first-half I thought we were very good,” said Brown.
“We played some really good stuff, played with really good energy and had some purpose to what we were doing.
“In the second half I think the lads thought the game was over and we let Oldham get back into it.
“At 2-2 our purpose and intensity stepped up again, so it’s a big lesson and learning curve for the lads because at 2-0 we’ve got to keep doing the things we’re doing and score another goal, rather than going the opposite way and making it hard for ourselves.”
The Youth Team created a whole host of chances in the first-half, eventually scoring on the stroke of half-time through Musambya Kisimba’s strike, with Luke Matheson adding a second shortly after the break.
“We really should have been out of sight at half-time. We’ve had two or three tap-in opportunities or we’ve not been in the right position to score the tap-in, which is frustrating but those things can happen.
“It’s pleasing to create the chances but at the end of the day we need to convert them. We need that cutting edge and ruthlessness to put the ball in the back of the net.
“We scored the most difficult chances we created all day! We just lacked a bit of composure and chose the wrong option when we got to the final third.”
The visitors drew level with two goals in 12 minutes, something Brown says the players will learn from.
“They’ll learn a lot more from that second-half than we can tell them, because they’ve experienced it.
“At times we got a bit negative, turning down passes into midfield or into Kisimba and Lewis Bradley rather than giving it to them. We need to put the game to bed if we get into those positions in future, rather than letting the opposition back into it.”
Watch highlights from the game on iFollow HERE.