Academy coach Steve Spooner
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Blues U18s suffered a 3-1 defeat at Leeds United at the weekend.
The hosts raced into a two-goal advantage, before Blues striker George O’Neil pulled a goal back for his side via a free kick just before half-time.
With the score still at 2-1, the Leeds goalkeeper produced a fine save to deny Blues an equaliser and then United struck again late on to claim the win.
Although his side lost, Academy coach Steve Spooner (pictured) was happy with many aspects of his team's performance.
“It was a game where both sets of attackers were on top in the first half and there were several chances at each end,” he said.
“In the first half our passing was very good, but we just lacked that little cutting edge and our final pass needed to be better. Leeds’ first two goals came on the counter-attack, but even at 2-0 down I fancied our chances.
“We scored just before half-time, and in the second half we did most of the pressing to get back into the game. Unfortunately we were caught out several times and one of them led to the goal.
“In terms of application, work rate and technical ability we did well throughout the match but we were stretched much more defensively than I would have liked.”
Blues U18s: Preston, Cogley, Bernard, Cooper, Harding, Deadfield, Mbunga, Webb (Bailey, McFarlane (Dunbar, 48), O’Neil, McGee.