Michael Jolley was delighted his side progressed again in the U21 Premier League Cup, but stressed there’s always room for improvement!
The Development Squad romped to a 3-0 lead against Barnsley at Turf Moor on Monday night, ending the game 3-1 winners thanks to goals from Bradley Jackson, Luke Hendrie and Ntumba Massanka’s eighth goal in six games.
However Jolley, the Senior Professional Development Phase Coach, wasn’t entirely happy with the performance.
He said: “It was a great victory and I am very pleased that we have won the game, but I was disappointed with our performance if I am being totally honest.
“I thought for the first 20-25 minutes Barnsley were the better team. We got to grips with that more in the second half of the first half when we got the goals, but even in the second half I wasn’t overly happy with our performance.
“Even though we are pleased to have won the game, we demand more from our players and we will be looking for a better performance level ultimately. There’s always room for improvement.”
The U21 Premier League Cup has provided plenty of entertainment for Clarets for watching fans, with six goals in the two victories, and Jolley is pleased to give the fans something to cheer.
He added: “It’s good that we can give the fans some goals, but we should have scored more with the chances we created and when we were three goals up we gave away a goal.
“It was a tremendous goal from their striker to beat Danijel Nizic, who I must add was first class, making a great save at 0-0 before another at 2-0, which were both pivotal moments in the game.”
The Clarets now await their fate in the third round, where they could face an Academy One side in the national draw for the final 32 teams.
But Jolley is happy to face anyone who is thrown their way.
He said: “We will take whoever comes. It’s all about giving our players the best competition we can, so if that means a big team then great, but we are still a category three club so any category two or one side will be a stiff test for us.
“What we have got to do regardless who we play is to deliver a good performance.
“We got through this round which is great and we will be looking to deliver a good performance in the next round against whoever it is and see where it takes us.”