Goals from Nathan Randell and Tom Powell (x2) saw off the Brewers
Wigan Athletic under-18’s manager Nick Chadwick wants his side’s good form to continue after they secured their place in the semi-final of the EFL Youth Alliance Cup with a recent 3-1 win over Burton Albion at Christopher Park.
An early goal from Nathan Randall was added to by a brace from Tom Powell as Latics proved too good for their opponents from Staffordshire in what was a comfortable victory on home soil.
Chadwick said: “I’m pleased with the way the lads played against Burton. Their development is the most important thing, but it was nice to win the game and progress in the competition. We completely dominated the game and controlled it from the very first minute to the last.
“We quickly established a 3-0 lead and it showed that they understood what we were trying to get them to do. Once we went ahead we kept dominating the opposition, and if anything I was disappointed that we didn’t go on to extend our lead in the second half given the chances we had.”
Chadwick has been pleased with the response from his players in recent weeks after somewhat of a difficult start to the EFL Youth Alliance season.
“We had a few injuries at the start of the year but we seem to have got over that now, and the players are definitely getting better. The training programme and the environment we’ve set seems to be having a positive impact on them which is pleasing.
“After a bit of an indifferent start to the campaign results wise, but their performances and development is now starting to show in terms of the results they’ve been getting. The last month or so has been pleasing, and the hard work they’ve been putting in since the start of the season is now starting to show on the pitch.
“Results are obviously important but I’ve been more pleased with the development of individuals and the team as a unit. They’ve got a good grasp of their roles and responsibilities and they seem to be improving in all areas. We’re trying to make each player individually better and I feel that we’re starting to do that.”
Victory over the Brewers has set up a date in the last four for Chadwick’s side, who also have eyes on the FA Youth Cup too having been drawn away to face Exeter City in the third round of this year’s competition.
“We’re into the next round of the competition now so it’ll be interesting to see who we get in the semi-final. I don’t think there’s anyone in the Northern section for us to fear and the focus for us really is to make sure we do progress through to the final against the Southern winners. We’ve also got the FA Youth Cup to look forward to as well against Exeter at the start of December.
“The main focus though for us is that the players keep progressing. There’s a lot of work going on here every day at the academy to improve players, and if they can keep developing the way they have done then that will be the most pleasing aspect for us as coaches.”