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Lessons to be learned - Miles on U21s defeat

Posted on 8 October 2013  - 13:40

Goalkeeper Jonathan Miles says it’s important our Under-21s learn lessons from Monday night’s defeat at Liverpool.

Jonathan MilesKevin Stewart takes on Adam Morgan on Monday

The two teams began the match at Langtree Park with similar records in the Barclays Under-21 Premier League, each with three wins, a draw and a defeat.

But three goals before the break and two in the second half ensured the Reds claimed a comfortable victory.

“You can only learn from these sorts of games,” insisted Jonathan, who despite the scoreline made a number of fine saves throughout the match.

“We’ve got to bounce back now, and it’s all about the reaction after a bad result.”

Having gone in 3-0 down at the break, we emerged for the second half determined to get back into the game – only for Brad Smith to add to Liverpool’s advantage with a long-range screamer within a minute of the restart.

Jonathan admitted that strike was a hefty blow: “I think it killed us when we came back out and we needed to get the first goal and get on the front foot, but they scored quite early in the second half. That hurt us a bit.

“But there’s a lot of things to bounce back from. We’ve just got to learn from it. It’s important to learn from things like this.”

Jonathan made several eye-catching stops throughout the game, tipping low around the post to deny Adam Morgan early on, saving expertly from Ryan McLaughlin just before half-time, and then making a double save from both aforementioned attackers in the second half.

And although he admitted he was pleased with his efforts, the overall result meant he was left with an overriding feeling of disappointment.

He added: “I’m reasonably happy with them (the saves) but at the same time I’m disappointed that we lost rather than won.”