Forest Green Rovers Under 18s fell to a 3-1 defeat to Swindon Town in the Youth Alliance League on Tuesday morning.
Ethan Hill’s low free-kick saw the scores level at the break, but an Anthony Lynn brace in the second half sealed the points for the Robins.
After an impressive performance early on, boss Chris Barker claims his side struggled in both boxes, and that’s where the game escaped them.
“We were the better side in the first half an hour. We dominated the game,” he said.
“We have 60 or 70 percent of possession in most games, we’re in control of the game but end up making one or two silly mistakes and give the ball away and it’s in the net.
“Overall I think some of the play was really good again, but we’ve got to be better in both thirds of the pitch.”
Forest Green’s impressive start to the season has seen teams set-up differently against them, but Barker says his side need to work on cutting teams apart.
“Teams are giving us respect coming into the games, and dropping back to the halfway line. You’ve got to give credit to the boys, but with that we have to make sure we keep it tight at the back and we don’t make mistakes,” he explained.
“We are dominating games and we’re keeping the ball well, but when we get better in the final thirds then the score lines will improve very quickly.
“We’ve got to improve that final pass or cross, like the boys did against Dulwich Hamlet, but they know they have to try and do that week in, week out.
“The boys have to keep their heads down, and not get overexcited when a big score happens, but they also shouldn’t get too down about today.”