Testing times for Lee's young Whites
DAVID Lee believes back-to-back defeats at the start of the season for Wanderers Under-18s will test the character of the new crop of Youth players.
After last season’s success in reaching the quarter-finals of the FA Youth Cup and progressing to the Elite Group in the Premier League’s U18s section, it is a newly assembled side that coaches Lee and Tony Kelly are now working with.
They lost 3-1 at Reading in their first league outing two weeks ago and then went down 4-0 at Lostock on Wednesday.
It is a disappointing start with the visit of Aston Villa up next tomorrow morning.
But Lee says it is a good learning curve for his charges.
He said: “Funny how it sounds, we should have scored five on the day.
“Basic defensive individual mistakes were to blame for all the goals conceded.
“At the level of football they are playing at, mistakes are usually capitalised on and the Blackburn game was confirmation of that.
“Individuals need to learn quickly when they've made costly mistakes. “A couple of the players had justified praise after the game, Sam Bailey and Liam Gibson sticking to their tasks well.
“Players know the expected level of performances, and the demands put on them.
“So now it’s a test of character of who can come through the learning curve, and look to progress.
“Aston Villa will again be a tough test mentally, tactically and physically.”