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YOUTH: Caused them problems

5 November 2013

Dave Wilkes on the Burnley game

Youth team coach Dave Wilkes spoke to us following the 2-2 draw with Burnley at the weekend. 

"It was a good game," he said. "We had the better chances in the first half but they really came at us after the break. They turned it round and got a couple of goals but we should have been out of sight with the amount of chances we had. 

"We didn't create a lot last week so it was pleasing to see the lads respond to that and we caused them quite a few problems. We played very well and we just need to be more clinical in front of goal. 

"Fair play to them, they put us under a lot of pressure in the first period of the second half. The last 20 minutes or so were really fast paced and we kept going. We deserved our second goal and we would have been disappointed to lose the game after we'd created so many chances in that first half." 

"I think the main thing we need to improve is dealing with pressure," he told us. "That is new to a lot of them and they will keep getting better as they get more experience. We'll keep working on that in training. 

"The football side of our game is very good. We did play well but it's very rare that a team will dominate a game for 90 minutes." 

"The second half was hard work for a few of the lads but we have got a lot of first years in the team, so it's understandable. The fact that we managed to get the goal back after a period of sustained pressure was very pleasing. We showed great character to get ourselves back into the game and that's something we are very happy about." 

"We do need to respond a little bit quicker when we concede a goal," he added. "The good thing is that they don't let their heads drop. There are still some players in the group who need to grow up and learn how to dig in, but that will develop as time goes on."

United: Brass, Chisholm, Marshall, White (Rudd 81), Douglas, Scott, Hodgson, Hammell, Blackburn, Elliot (Moyes 73), Brough. Subs: Eccles, Dickson, Pearson. 

Accrington Stanley v Carlisle United, FA Youth Cup round one, Wednesday 6 November, kick off 7pm

On the FA Youth Cup game, he said: "The FA Cup is always exciting. Everybody wants to have a good run in the cup so hopefully we can go down to Accrington and put in a good performance. 

"We're playing on their main pitch under the floodlights so it does add to the occasion for the lads. They'll all be working hard in training this week to make sure they're in the team. If we play like we did in the first half on Saturday then we'll be fine."

The winners of this game will face Ilkeston, Nuneaton or Northampton Town away in round two of the FA Youth Cup competition.

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