Academy Manager Ian McGuckin was satisfied with his side's 5-3 victory over Burton Albion U18s on Friday afternoon.
Pools came out on top in an eight-goal thriller away from home. Goals from Euan McBride, Joel White, Max Storey and a brace from Alfie Steel helped McGuckin's side to a 5-3 win in the EFL Youth Alliance Cup. The Academy Manager stated:
"Offensively, the lads looked really sharp and scored some good goals. There were multiple scorers which is always a positive. At times it became a basketball game and was too end-to-end. We would've liked a bit more control over possession to settle things down - we're aware we need to stop leaking silly goals. But in terms of ourselves, we demand high intensity and having a purpose when we've got the ball, and the lads showed that. The main element we need to work on is our structure out-of-possession because we're too expansive and getting caught out."
The Academy return to league action this weekend, with a trip to newly-promoted Notts County on Saturday morning. McGuckin previewed the fixture:
"We're looking forward to it. We don't know much about Notts County as they've just joined our division this season. It's another challenge for the lads. We don't know what to expect but we'll be ready to go."
McGuckin also provided postitive news on the fitness front. After an injury-hit start to the month, the majority of players have now returned to the field, while Joe Aungiers and Louis Stephenson continue to make good progress.
"Joe Aungiers is getting closer to a return - he's been out for about a month now so it's great to see him making progress. Louis Stephenson was injured last week with a nasty gash across his knee - we're just waiting for that to heal at the moment. Josh Mazfari might be back after being with the first team against Ebbsfleet. Apart from that, everyone is fit and available for selection. Ollie Duthie, Joel Ingram, Campbell Darcy and Leo Robinson have all returned to the side following their injuries in October."