Suraci keen to take positives from Derby loss
INTERIM development team boss Bruce Suraci stressed there were “still a lot of positives” for Cherries to take from their 3-0 loss to Derby County in the Premier League Cup on Monday night.
Suraci’s young charges missed the chance to secure a safe passage to the knockout stages, eventually being brought down by goals from Darren Robinson, Lennon Wheeldon and Dajaune Brown.
Analyzing the reasons behind his side’s loss, Suraci told afcb.co.uk: “The two main sticking points for us were first, when we were in possession, trying to get more movement of rotation to unlock a defense.
“Sometimes we struggled to get the ball from the middle to the final third, then when we were in the final third we struggled to create chances.
“The other supports the press. A few times we tried to get a press, so fair play to the guys, but we got picked without backing it up.
“As a result, we were cut and that created some problems for us.”
Suraci then highlighted individuals, including captain Ben Greenwood and starlet Dominic Sadi, who trained with the first team during the break.
“You look at Ben Greenwood and Dominic Sadi,” he rebooted.
“These two guys have recently been involved in the first team and came here tonight with no ego.
“They came and they worked really hard for us, so those are two of the boys to highlight.
“You can watch Billy Terrell in goal because he was great playing under high pressure and picking out a lot of different passes.
“Daniel Adu-Adjei, an Under-18 who was isolated up front and had to feed off a bit of leftovers, but he worked really hard and bonded well at times.
“Lewis Brown too, his work rate was fantastic, his energy was brilliant and finally Tarik Gidaree, he came back after a long injury and brought energy to the team.
“He tried to get us up the pitch, play forward and looked lively when he was on the ball, so we still have a lot of positives to take.”