Bolton Wanderers coach David Lee's way is to assess talent, not count points
COACH David Lee is focusing on the development of his Wanderers Under-18s rather than results after a fifth successive league defeat.
The young Whites lost 4-1 at home to Fulham on Saturday in the FA U18 Premier League and mirror the first team in waiting to break their winning duck this campaign.
But while poor results at senior level pile pressure on manager Dougie Freedman, Lee, pictured, says the scorelines are secondary in terms of his and Tony Kelly’s group.
Naturally, however, he is disappointed to be losing matches after such a good run with last year’s crop in both league and cup.
Lee said: “We have to learn from this and take the players’ development into our focus, rather that the result.
“It is disappointing but it is about developing talent and you can learn a lot in defeat as well.
“Against Fulham, we didn’t come to terms with their movement and good players. We conceded two goals from individual mistakes in the first half, and we only created a couple of half chances.
“The second half was much more productive and we played much better. Tom Walker created the goal for Christopher Cvetko to score from close range.”
The previous weekend, it had been a similar story against different opposition from the capital in the shape of Tottenham.
Walker netted the Whites’ goal in a 2-1 defeat in north London and Wanderers return there on Saturday for another tough game against Arsenal’s academy side.
Lee expects another difficult test but is keen to see his youngsters pit their wits against junior sides from big Premier League clubs.
He added: “Teams like Arsenal have incredible academies.
“We went to Spurs last week and they have £40million facility with top international players. So to compete against them was a good experience and learning curve as it will be again this weekend.”