During Everton Under-18s’ stay in the United States at the Dallas Cup, a member of the team or staff will be offering a regular update. Today, defender James Yates reflects on Sunday’s narrow 1-0 defeat to Mexican side Tigres.
When we got back to the hotel, we were feeling disappointed but Kevin Sheedy told us to hold our heads high. We thought we played well and deserved more from the game.
Tigres were difficult to play against, like South American opposition always are. They were buying time as much as they could and it was tough especially when we went down to 10 men. We didn’t give up at all though. Everyone did their job and put all the effort in that they could.
Nathan [Broadhead] was unlucky not to score that chance towards the end. Normally he does - in training and games he puts them away - but we are not going to ponder on it too much because we have another game tomorrow.
Personally, it was a great experience to play at the Cotton Bowl. The stadium and pitch was huge, probably the biggest ground I’ve played at. There was a decent amount of supporters there too and that added to the atmosphere, especially the hispanic fans who were probably more in favour of wanting Tigres to win.
Now it’s all about getting prepared to play Kyoto Sanga on Monday. It’s hard on the legs and we aren’t used to playing two 90-minute matches in two days, but we’ll eat well, recover well and be ready to go again on Monday.
Last year we lost the first game then won the next two to qualify for the semi-finals, so it’s definitely do-able.
Our opponents are the same though - they lost their first game too - so it’s all about showing we are better than them.