Swindon Town boss Phil Brown was honest in his reflections after Town’s 4-0 loss to Chelsea Under-21s.
Goals from Charley Musonda Jr (pen), Marc Guehi and two from Charliie Brown saw Chelsea’s young charges pull away from the Reds.
Here are the Gaffer’s thoughts on:
“We didn’t play tonight. We got a lesson in the first ball. We defended for long periods, but when you’ve defended hard and that resolutely you have to look after the ball, enjoy the ball. Chelsea enjoyed the ball and we were beaten by a better team.
“We just didn’t get going before the first and second goal went in – and then the game was over really. And once you give these young players confidence they come to the party and really turn it on.”
“Jordan Young took a whack to the head – he is probably one of the unluckiest footaballers I’ve ever met. When I came in last season he couldn’t finish a game of football; he was cramping up, couldn’t finish ninety minutes. He’s had a good pre-season and we had great reports back from the youth setup, same with Sol Pryce, coming forward and trying to grab his shirt in the first-team.
“Unfortunately, tonight, in his first run-out with a chance to make an impact he’s gone off with a head injury but Sol Pryce was impressive with his 15 minutes – he was effective.
“Hopefully, they’ve learnt something tonight, those young players – Pryce did very well, Joe Romanski was, I thought, our man of the match. Scott Twine and Ellis Iandolo have to learn quickly – the game is about hard work, passing the football and keeping possession of the football. It’s precious.”
“All I can do is line my ducks up, and if my ducks fall in place come Thursday then it’s all well and good. If they don’t then the loan market will have to suffice but it’s not for the want of trying.”