U21s defeated in Blues friendly
AFC Bournemouth under-21s were defeated 3-1 in a friendly at Birmingham this weekend.
Taking place at the Trillion Trophy training ground, Euan Pollock got the only goal for the Cherries, who reduced the deficit after going 2-1 down.
A third for the hosts put the game to bed as Shaun Cooper’s young side looked to right the wrongs of the mid-week defeat to Oxford in the Central League Cup.
Following the game, the former defender gave his thoughts to afcb.co.uk.
“I asked for a response from a very below par performance in the last game,” he began.
“I think in many ways, we did get that today. I thought there was more energy about us but, unfortunately, we couldn’t quite string enough together in possession.
“I think it took too long for us to get our press right, but once we fixed that towards the end of the game, I thought we were unlucky not to get another goal back to be honest.
“But there were certainly some positives.”
Cooper went on to discuss how his side had to adapt in the midlands, facing experienced lads with first team minutes under their belts.
“They had a few experienced lads who’d been in-and-around the first team, so their level of player was good.
“They had good technicians and it was a reminder for us that when we face better opposition, we have to raise our levels to it.
“We have to get our press right and be better on the ball under their pressure, so it’s a good marker for where we’re at and where we want to get to.”
With nine substitutes now allowed in first team fixtures, Cooper went on to discuss the impact it has on his side and the opportunities that present themselves.
“The fact that some of our boys are on the bench for the first team is good for the rest of the lads to see,” he added.
“It’s something for them to aspire to achieve and there’s a genuine opportunity there for them.
“As a result, we have some under-18s called up to play with us but, all-in-all, they’re pretty aware of the things we try and do, and the transitions we play.”