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Beale on U21s' defeat

Posted: Tue 22 Oct 2013

Richard Beale

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Development squad boss Richard Beale admitted his U21 side were not clinical enough in goal after seeing them beaten 1-0 at home by Huddersfield Town on Monday afternoon.

Blues never really got going in the first-half and the Terriers scored the only goal of the game on the half-hour mark after breaking on the counter-attack.

However, Beale's side improved massively after the break and had four or five opportunities to take something from the fixture.

“We didn’t start very well and we never really recovered in the first half,” said Beale.

“We didn’t move the ball quickly enough or get the ball out wide and we overloaded the middle of the pitch and that played into Huddersfield's hands.

“That being said we shouldn’t have conceded the goal we did because it came from a poor break on our corner.

“We got into the players at half-time and the second half was completely different. We didn’t let them out of their half and created several golden chances, including hitting the post and bar.

“But we’ve got to start hitting the target more often because a lack of a clinical edge is costing us.

“I can’t knock their effort but it was very frustrating to lose.”

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