Fleetwood Town’s young guns need to learn how to deal with setbacks and the disappointments in football if they want to cut it at this level says boss Steven Pressley.
Speaking after the League One club’s 5-0 defeat to Dutch top-flight side AZ Alkmaar on Wednesday, Pressley says the young players in his side need to improve how they react to their mistakes.
Only five of the starting XI – Eggert Jonsson (27), Nathan Pond (31), Jimmy Ryan (27), Bobby Grant (26) and David Ball (26) – were over the age of 25.
And Pressley says the young members of his squad have got to improve their reactions as Town prepare to play their final game of their Holland tour which is against Roda Kerkrade at De Treffers FC today.
He said: “The (young players) have got to learn to deal with setbacks and deal with mistakes.
“That is the one thing that in our young players thus far that I have seen that they have to deal with, that side of things, the disappointments of football.
“That is a big part of it.
“When you get a setback and when you find yourselves a goal or two down early on it is about the correct reaction and that is what we need to see, an improvement in that.”
And Pressley says the club had some down time in preparation for their final game of the tour.
He said: “(On Thursday) for the vast majority of the squad it (was) a down day for the squad. Those that have missed training will do a catch up session and then on Friday we stepped it up again to get ourselves prepared for today’s game.”