Fleetwood Town U18s coach Simon Wiles says he was ‘disappointed’ with his side’s 3-0 defeat against Bury in the Youth Alliance League on Saturday.
Goals from Sam Allardyce, Joe Adams and Aaron Brown sealed a comprehensive win for the hosts, with Town’s youngsters without a victory in six games.
The Cod Army were inches away from breaking the deadlock when Jay Matete smashed the crossbar in the early stages, but Bury soon took control of the game.
A bad afternoon for Town was capped off when Barry Crowe was sent off in the second half for a second yellow card offence.
Read what Wiles had to say in his post-match interview below.
On the game against Bury…
“Bury are a well-established side that has played really good football. For the first 25 minutes I thought the game plan was working. We were getting a couple of opportunities - as they were - but it just shows you when you get those chances, you've got to take them. Unfortunately today we didn't – we hit the bar, and if that goes in you never know what sort of game might pan out.
“We didn't create too much, and every time we did try and play, they looked really sharp on the break. So it was a tough game today, and a massive learning curve for our players. Unfortunately for Barry (Crowe) he got two yellow cards, so that put us down to 10 men.
“The lads had to deal with that and then the dynamics that brings to the team. Unfortunately in the second half we conceded two and overall 3-0 hurts us.”
On taking positives from the game…
“There’s a lot to work on and we’ve got to move forward from it. I thought there were two good performances today on the whole – Liam Goldsborough and Carl Johnston never game up. They gave 100% and stuck to their role really well – so they are positives, but overall lots to work on.”
On Bury’s strong attack…
“They were really sharp going forward, so it gave great exposure to our back line and our deep lying midfielder against that sort of structure. So it was good for them to go up against quick, direct players that can beat men and put crosses into the box.
“It’s good for them in that respect, but overall just not good enough on the day. There were too many below par performances and we got punished. Even in the first half I felt like the goal was coming, and then the momentum of the game changed once they got a foothold of it.
“I don't think we created much after the goal as well - I think all our play was done before hand. After they scored, the whole dynamics changed. Bury were deserved winners today."