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Blues U18s 0 Sheff Utd U18s 2

Posted: Tue 12 Mar 2013
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Academy coach Gareth Holmes

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Blues U18s were beaten 2-0 home by their Sheffield United counterparts at the weekend.

The young Blades side scored a goal in each half during the game at Wast Hills. Their first arrived just after the half-hour mark following a corner, and their second with 20 minutes to play after they caught Blues out on the break.

Blues academy coach Gareth Holmes (pictured) felt that the scoreline wasn’t necessarily a fair reflection on the game, although he admitted his side should have been sharper in front of goal.

“We were probably the better side, although we got punished for not being clinical enough in the final third,” he said. “On the whole we had the majority of the possession and probably had the better clear-cut chances.

“We actually started the game well and in the early exchanges we were on top, but we tended to play a lot of our football in the defensive and midfield thirds of the pitch without really penetrating in the final third.

“We then went behind against the run of play from a corner. We rallied in the second half but while we were pushing forward for an equaliser they scored again.

“Although we lost, generally the boys kept the ball well under pressure more and we just need to be a bit more ruthless to finish things off when we have the chances.”

Blues U18s: Callum Preston, Charlie Cooper, Bobby Moseley, Foday Nabay, Jean Kalenda, Callum Thomson (Nat Kelly), Viv Solomon, Liam Truslove, Deqwon Ebanks, Reece Brown, Dimi Gray.