Academy manager Terry Westley
Academy manager Terry Westley admitted that some of his young charges failed to make the most of their opportunity to impress in tonight's 3-2 defeat to Leamington in the Birmingham Senior Cup.
Blues fielded a side made up almost entirely of scholars and young pros but even then Westley opted to leave out some of his under-18 regulars, the likes of Ashley Sammons, Jordon Mutch, Luke Rowe, Jake Jervis and Dan Preston, and instead gave run-outs to players that haven't seen much action this season.
But the visitors struggled to contend with the lively non-league hosts and were perhaps a touch fortunate still to be on level terms until an injury-time strike gave new Brakes boss Paul Holleran a deserved victory on his home bow.
Westley admitted to bcfc.com afterwards: "We have used this competition more this year to try and give players games that haven't been playing regularly on a Saturday.
"If you start from the back, we wanted to give Jack Butland a game in goal, instead of Colin Doyle, so that he was involved in a more high profile match.
"He deserved that chance with his recent performances and I thought he was one of the few players to come out with any credit, along with the schoolboy Mitch Hancox at left-back.
"But the ones that have been crying out to have a game and to be given the opportunity let themselves down and didn't do well enough.
"There won't be too many of them knocking on my door wondering why they aren't playing against Manchester United in the FA Youth Cup or not playing regularly in the reserves or on a Saturday morning (in the under-18s).
Jack Butland's performance was one of the few positives from tonight's game.
"It was a opportunity for them on a nice pitch in front of a good crowd against a decent non-league oufit that have got some experience.
"But we couldn't handle it and if I'm honest our two central defenders were woeful.
"Every time Leamington attacked they looked like they might get a goal and our goalkeeper pulled off some great saves.
"We got back into the game through a splendid strike from Omar Bogle, who showed why we signed him as a scholar and what he's got.
"And then we saw the opposite from him right at the end when it was 2-2 and he lost the ball on the edge of box when he could have made a simple pass and they broke us and got the winner in the 93rd minute.
"Overall there weren't too many positives to take out of the game other than the performances of our keeper and the left-back."