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Cadamarteri Looks For Growth

12 September 2017

Danny Cadamarteri is pleased with how the young Clarets have started life in their new surroundings.

But the youth-team boss still wants them to grow - in more ways than one!

The under-18s have hit the ground running since their elevation to the Professional Development League set-up, with 10 points from their first five games putting them second in the northern group of the competition.

But Cadamarteri has seen his new-look side let leads slip in a couple of games to make life difficult for themselves, including last Saturday’s 4-2 win over Colchester United and in a 4-4 draw at Ipswich Town.

And that’s one area he is looking to improve on – as well trying to build up the physicality of some of his squad – with a trip to Queens Park Rangers next up on Saturday.

Cadamarteri – who has overseen an unbeaten run since a loss to Watford on the opening day of the season – said: “It’s obvious we have started quite well.

"We’re probably saying we're disappointed with certain aspects of our start, but we have got a few wins on the board now and a draw and only lost once which is a massive positive. 

“Again, there’s little bit of frustration on how we are finishing games, but that is something we are going to have to work on.

“We just have to game-manage a little bit better and we have kind of seen that aspect in the past couple of games, and a little bit of the Cardiff game (won 2-1) as well, where we started off really well and struggled a bit in the second half with the physical side of it.

“I think we have to recognise we have a lot of lads new in to the programme - and into a full-time programme - but we have some good players in there and some that are quite small and not quite developed at the moment.

“That is something sports science are working on.”

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