Academy boss Alan Moore with reaction to the Fleetwood youth gameYouth coach Alan Moore gave us his reaction to last weekend's defeat at Fleetwood.
"We were disappointed with the performance," he said. "We try and take positives out of every game but there weren't too many last Saturday. We scored three goals but we just didn't show up. Every decision the players tried to make was the wrong one at the wrong time.
"We could have talked all afternoon about what went wrong but we've just got to put it behind us now. It was a setback in terms of individual performances. We did put a bit of pressure on the lads because we told them it was their shirt to lose for the FA Youth Cup game next Tuesday. They're all looking forward to it and it's all they want to think about. However, a lot of them couldn't deal with that pressure on Saturday."
"We're trying to figure out the mentality of the players at the moment," he admitted. "We've won every cup game we've played but they aren't bringing that kind of form into league games.
"We aren't too bothered about results, but there is a trend building up in terms of them being able to show up for cup games before slipping back with their levels in the league. We have to look at Saturday as just one of those days. We have to wipe the slate clean and start again."
"I've looked at the game and the goals and we weren't good in any way, shape or form," he commented. "We have to put it to the back of our minds and move on. Hopefully the lads will learn a lesson from it.
"It's been frustrating for us as coaches because whenever we seem to have a couple of good performances we follow it up with a little dip. When we go a goal down the lads seem to accept it. That generally leads to us conceding another goal and then another. They need to be more resolute when they concede and a lot of that is down to what goes on between the ears."
"The Barnsley FA Youth Cup game next Tuesday will be tough," he said. "They're a category two team, which is the category above us, and we probably couldn't have got a worse draw in the first round.
United: Flower, Hurley, Pearson (Taylor 55), Quigley, Douglas, Marshall, Moyes (Bradbury 55), White, Blackburn, Hamell, Elliott. Subs - Copland, Robson, Rudd.