Jon McCarthy believes UDA Blues started and ended the game very well against Tranmere Rovers Development.
UDA tasted defeat against Rovers on Wednesday evening (Nov 21) but showed admirable courage and bravery to keep battling until the final whistle against strong opposition.
Manager McCarthy was pleased with how his team started and closed the match and highlighted some areas where UDA can improve.
He said: “We started the game very well and finished it well, but we were a little bit defensively naïve in the middle.”
With UDA Black beating a University of Chester XI immediately before the Tranmere match, the teams were shaken up to ensure minutes on the pitch for players.
McCarthy praised the quality of Tranmere’s team, although he believes the scoreline would have looked more desirable for UDA if a settled line up was selected.
“It was a better game because of the structure and discipline that Tranmere have,” he said.
“We know it’s a Football League club development programme that they’re bringing down here. We played them last week with our opposite group of players, so a full change (from today), and we did win that game 2-1.
“Tranmere went 3-0 up and we made a lot of changes so the whole process of these games is to get everybody the same amount of minutes. It is roll-on and roll-off substitutions so I think we probably could have picked a more settled side and done better in the game. It was a strong Tranmere team but it could have been closer.”
With campus bragging rights at stake, UDA Blacks showed composure and discipline to win a feisty encounter with a University of Chester XI.
As the UDA players continue to progress each week, McCarthy is eager to stress winning is not the only target.
“I think there were a lot of second team and some of their third team playing, so actually for us as a group that’s arrived from the USA and still working to come together, that’s a good result for us.
“We were 2-0 up, but again there was some defensive naivety at times. That’s something we have to work on. We conceded a couple of goals but then a great cross and finish from Jason has won us the game so that’s pleasing.
“The lads have been over here now for about eight weeks and this is almost like a pre- season which we would have in any normal time. It’s just about minutes, so we mixed the groups right up and we did well.”
(Tranmere Rovers Report to follow in next post)