Oldham Athletic Under 18’s recorded defeat in their last outing, losing 2-0 at home to Fleetwood Town at Chapel Road on Saturday morning.
A goal either side of half-time for the away side gave them a comfortable lead with Taylor Jones being sent off after receiving two yellow cards which made the task even tougher for Latics.
Despite the defeat and sending off Youth Team Manager Danny Cadamarteri was pleased with how his team reacted after going down to 10 men.
"A big positive for me was the reaction in the second-half when we went down to 10 men, we showed a lot more energy and endeavour as well and some of our best play and opportunities came when we had one less man."
However, Cadamarteri was left disappointed with the result and feels it was ‘not doing the basics’ that let his side down.
"I’m really disappointed, first-half we didn’t get started, we were sloppy on the ball and not doing the basics well enough which meant we gifted opportunities and a goal which was reflected in the final result."
With Latics already two goals down with half-an-hour to play, the referee adjudged that the already booked Jones handled the ball in the area leading to a second bookable offence and as a result a sending off for the centre-back, which was a fair one according to Cadamarteri.
"I can’t really question the referee, it was a handball inside the area. It doesn’t help having both centre-backs on a booking early on as it meant both were on edge and one mistake away from costing us, and that’s what happened."
It had also been a busy week for the Youth Team with games on Tuesday and Saturday, after they ran out 4-1 winners in the FA Youth Cup in midweek over Nantwitch Town.
However, the Under 18’s Manager believes their busy schedule isn’t to blame for his side’s defeat at the weekend.
"We’ve got a relatively fit group and we changed a few players from midweek so we had fresh legs in.
"The lads have to be in position to play Saturday then Tuesday or Wednesday, so I don’t feel the game in the week played apart, it was just down to not doing the basics right.”