Edwards wants City kids to learn fast
Assistant manager Rob Edwards has told Exeter City's young players that they have to learn fast if they are to make a career for themselves in the professional game.
Despite playing well in patches, an under-21 City side lost 3-1 to a Plymouth Argyle outfit packed with Football League experience yesterday.
It was still a good learning curve for the young Grecians, who included trialist George Rigg in their side.
"One thing you could see was the experience and know-how they had and, as I said to the lads, you have to learn quickly," Edwards said.
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"You have to be a fast learner in football, especially with all the shapes and styles teams play with now, you have to be a fast learner.
"I have challenged the younger players to learn the game quickly, learn different situations and their decision-making and understanding of the game. I don't think you can have a long career now unless you are a student of the game and understand all aspects of the game.
"The game is certainly moving forward very fast nowadays and, if you are a young player, you have to move forward with it quickly."
Exeter's stand-out performances came from two players who are perhaps closest to breaking into manager Paul Tisdale's first team. Jordan Moore-Taylor looked assured at the back, while Matt Grimes impressed with his range of passing in difficult conditions.
Up front, Tom Nichols grabbed City's consolation goal from the penalty spot and came close in the first half with a shot that struck a post.
"We have some very good players that have already forced themselves into Tis' team and that is how good you have to be to get into the first-team squad," Edwards said.
"There will be opportunities for younger players at this club, and those players are stepping forward."
Also lining up for City was Rigg, a 19-year-old who came through the ranks at Bristol City. He then spent a year in Stoke City's development squad before being released in the summer and joining Bristol Rovers on trial.
"I thought he had quite a bright game, he played in midfield and did well," Edwards said.
"I don't know what his situation is, I just know that he is training with us and will be with us for the week, so I'm not sure what is going to happen."