Burnley’s Youth Team exited the LFA Professional Cup last weekend following a 0-2 home defeat to Rochdale.
The visitors scored in either half in the cup fixture at Gawthorpe, and Coach Andy Farrell rued missed chances in a disappointing defeat for the youngsters.
Farrell said: “We conceded two goals, one in each half with the first from a corner, which we are disappointed with because we have a lot of height in our team.
“For the majority of the game we had control of the ball as well as having a large share of the opportunities.
“We had two great chances in the second half, when Khius Metz had a shot from the outside of the box, then then when Josh Dolling was through one-on-one.
“We know we have to take these chances and I know the boys will be disappointed they haven’t hit the target.
“But we all know what football is like. The game changes when the ball goes into the back of the net and that gave Rochdale something to sit back on.”
Farrell believes a youthful side is on a steep learning curve.
The Youth team had seven first year scholars featuring in the match, as well as school boy Tristian Jumeau also taking part in the quarter-final tie.
He explained: “A few of the boys looked a little daunted in the first half as results haven’t gone our way over the last few weeks and at this moment in time some of the younger players are finding it tough.
“We are a relatively young team that are still finding their feet.
“If you compare a player from the beginning of their scholarship to the end of it, you see a completely different boy in the second year.
“In that respect I wouldn’t look too much at the results. The performances at times have been good and I would be a lot more concerned if we had a team full of second year scholars.”
Farrell added: “With a lot of young lads in the group, who are coming in full time training day in day out and with a lot of information being passed on to them, results aren’t always going to go your way.
“But we aren’t in a results industry, we are here to produce players and we will pass on information to them again and again until the penny drops.”
Farrell stressed there are still positives to take from this season.
He emphasised: “I believe there are a few players in the group who are ready to make the step up to the U21 group and I know they are more than capable of holding their own.
“That’s what our industry is all about, progressing players through the club and we will look at the first years’ closer next year and hopefully get them into the U21 group. like some of the current second years have already done this year.”