Following our young Reds’ 2-0 defeat to Coventry City, Tom Harban praised his side’s valiant efforts but admitted they were second best on the day.
Goals from Tom Costello and Will Bapaga either side of the break were enough to secure victory for the hosts, who climbed to fourth in the Professional Development League.
“Between the boxes, I thought there were times where we played some good football,” began Harban. “We wanted to try and play between the lines and behind Coventry’s backline and I thought we did that well at times.
“We got into the attacking third on a number of occasions but lacked any sort of real end product. We weren’t clinical enough and didn’t work the keeper as much as we would’ve liked to which was unfortunate.
“The game came down to who defended the boxes better. The first goal we conceded was a poor one on our behalf, and the second came from a miss kick which the lad finished off brilliantly from distance.”
On a disappointing afternoon at the Alan Higgs Centre, City stopper Tom Billson was rarely troubled, despite the attacking prowess of Jack Butterfill and Fabio Jalo leading the line.
Harban is eager to put in more hours on the training ground with his young side to implement those drills out on the pitch.
“We need to take more opportunities to shoot,” he stated. “We took it down too many times in and around the box, especially in the wet conditions where we could’ve troubled the goalkeeper with shots that are fired in low and hard.
“It’s an area that we want to get better at and over time hopefully we’ll start to see improvements, but it’s going to take work on the training ground. Once we’ve mastered that, the lads have got to put it into practice on the pitch on a match day.”