IAN DURRANT feels that the Gers side that took on Levante this week will have learned a lot from the experience against a good side.
The Gers were defeated 1-0 through an own goal in the first half of the match and were unlucky to not grab a draw as Sam Jamieson rattled a header off the crossbar in the second period that would have brought the Light Blues back level.
Durrant fielded a mixture of younger players on the trip with several of the more experienced Academy players for the match in Valencia and was happy with the performance against a good side who had drawn against Valencia in the days before the friendly.
Speaking after the game, Durrant said: “It was a tough game against Levante who were good opposition.
“They’re from the region that we are staying in just now, with the other teams being Valencia and Vilarreal. I think the boys coped well against a good team that had four of five Spanish internationalists.
“I thought that Jason Krones, Jamie Barjonas and Liam Burt at only sixteen years of age all handled the situation very well.
“With Levante being a slightly older team, I thought it was a great education and the younger boys will have got a lot out of the game.”
The Gers continue to implement a similar style of play to the Light Blues first team and Durrant feels that his side are getting better playing with the system that is new this season.
He continued: “We have a culture and different principles within the youth department at the club.
“We’ve had to move some of the boys around in the final third, with who was playing up front and you can see thta the continuity is not quite there yet.
“I think that we were unlucky with young Sam Jamieson later on in the match with a header.
“I thought that we deserved a draw and if we’d maybe have grabbed a goal we could have went on to win it from there, but it wasn’t to be.
“The players stuck to their tasks and you could see that we stuck to our passing game. Jamie Brandon brought a real buzz about the park when he went on and he ruffled a few feathers in the Spanish side.”
The Light Blues have a second friendly against Levante today which will give Durrant scope to alternate his squad and give more experience to the players who have travelled with the squad.