Post Match Bullets – Wigan Youth Team
Like most Derby fans, I woke up on Sunday full of the joys of DCFC and was all set to write a significant piece on the demolition of Blackpool. However an early trip to visit in laws in London (& the after effects of 8 hours post match celebration) curtailed my plan.
However with a day off work today, there’s no such issues reporting on last nights Youth cup win over Wigan and providing an insight into this years crop of Rams youngsters.
- The first interesting point was that the team was set up in an exact mirror image of the first teams 4-3-3 formation (or 4-1-2-2-1 if you will). Kwame Thomas played the Chris Martin role with Mason and Kurtis Revan out wide. Callum Guy and Charles Vernam played the midfield two with young Mo Adams (a new name to me and more on him later) playing the Eustace pivot in front of Jamie Hanson and, the colossal, Farrend Rawson.
- The game itself you will know we won 4-3. After a scrappy start, DCFC gained the upper hand and deservedly went 1-o up through Revan only to gift a soft equaliser right on half time when Adams was caught in possession in his own half. An early second half Blackpoolesque blitz, spearheaded by Bennett, seemed to have put the tie out of sight as the Rams raced into a 4-1 lead. However with Bennett taken off and Jamie Hanson limping off, Wigan scored twice from nothing crosses causing a tense last few minutes in a game that was dead and buried. The young Rams will definitely need to tighten up a bit when they come up against better opposition.
- During first team games, it’s hard to appreciate just what a monster of a man Mason Bennett is. Sitting in the West Stand paddock right next to him, it isn’t. His physique is absolutely unbelievable and when you couple that to his will to win (he was smashing people/getting smashed all night and played this game like a champions league match) and no little skill we really have a special player here. Two assists and a ridiculous slalom through the entire defence plus the keeper, only to see his shot cleared off the line capped a tremendous display.
- There are a couple of new names to watch out for (which is the main reason these games are so great). Farrend Rawson partnered Jamie Hanson at centre half and made a great pair. Rawson is comfortably 6.3/6.4 and is good on the floor too, watch out for those two. For the first 15 minutes, Mo Adams struggled but as every minute passed he grew more influential and was still charging around snuffing out Wigan on 94 minutes, a great display from him after his mistake in the first half. Finally a really interesting one is young sub Matteo Capitani, signed from Parma in the summer. He only played a 20 minute cameo but showed enough to suggest all Rams fans should keep an eye on this talented midfielder. Very slight but great touch and a few tricks to boot, could be a player.
- Finally good to see plenty of last years scholars (Wixted, Hayes, Lelan, Wixted) along with Jeff, Hughesy and OB taking in the action.
I always really enjoy these Youth games at the Ipro and if we get drawn at home in the next round, I strongly recommend you all get involved.