Report: Wigan Athletic Under-18s 4 Blues Under-18s 1

We controlled large parts of the game and created some really good chances.

Martyn Olorenshaw

Blues Under-18s were beaten by Wigan Athletic on Saturday in the Professional Development League North.

Wigan led inside the opening ten minutes and doubled their advantage early on in the second-half. But Blues fought back and halved the arrears through Josh Dugmore with 12 minutes remaining.

However, in their efforts pushing for an equaliser, Blues were hit on the counter-attack by a clinical Latics side who found the net twice more in the closing stages.

The defeat was only the team’s second in the league this year and came with a number of regulars missing from the match.

Speaking to after the game, Under-18s Assistant Coach, Martyn Olorenshaw gave his assessment of the match in the North West.

He said: “4-1 sounds like a mauling, but it really wasn’t. We controlled large parts of the game and created some really good chances. We were disappointed with the goals conceded, but the possession and control we had was pleasing. We just lacked a little bit of killer instinct when the chances came.”

Having faced a tie against Manchester City in the FA Youth Cup on their previous outing, Olorenshaw was pleased with how the players acquitted themselves in another tough test.

He explained: “The boys have coped well. They (Wigan) are top of the league and for us to go there and stamp our authority on the game we were really pleased with. We just can’t make the errors that we did and expect to win the game.

“We were missing a few boys that would have started the game. The kids were a credit and just came in and cracked on with it. They have dealt with a lot of change in the last 12 months of life and just come in and work on a daily basis. They have a willingness to listen and learn. We have no issues with them.”

The Assistant Coach, who has been at Blues since 2013, also spoke about how much he is enjoying his current role with the Under-18s.

Olorenshaw said: “We were really pleased with the preparation and gave the boys everything that they needed. Disappointed not to get a more positive result and hopefully we can reverse the scoreline when we play them next. ”

Blues: Brooks, Fogarty, Nguepissi, Craig, Sullivan, Chang (captain), Bellingham (Miller 60), Dugmore, Walker (James 60), Wakefield, Dos Reis (Noakes 75).

Goalscorers: Josh Dugmore 78.