Report: Blues Under-23s 2-1 AFC Bournemouth Under-23s

Report: Blues Under-23s 2-1 AFC Bournemouth Under-23s

Blues Under-23s beat Bournemouth Under-23s in a behind-closed-doors friendly on Tuesday afternoon.

First-team Captain Troy Deeney, involved as he edges towards a return, opened the scoring after just two minutes, sweeping in following good approach play down the right.

The Cherries equalised 20 minutes later but the hosts would seal the win late on in the second period, Rico Browne bundling home ten minutes from time after a corner had hung up in the wind at Wast Hills Training Ground. 

Speaking after the contest, Steve Spooner outlined how the game was a good opportunity to try a new system, whilst pitting themselves against a fairly experienced Bournemouth side that included both James Hill and Robbie Brady.

He told “The game was a useful exercise. It gave Troy [Deeney] 45 minutes which helps Lee [Bowyer] and his staff but also gave us the opportunity to look at a bit of a new system which was also a positive. 

“With almost three weeks between competitive games, fixtures like these give us the break from training sessions amongst ourselves and put the lads back into a competitive football environment, which is important.”

Blues rode their luck a little in the first-half after taking an early lead, with Spooner admitting his side were slightly fortunate to head into the break level before kicking on after the interval.

The Head Coach said: “In the first-half after we scored, they put us under lots of pressure and were the better team. We gave it away a little too easily and had a tidal wave of attacks coming back against us.

“But we hung in there, got to half-time and came out much more comfortable in the second-half. We held onto possession more comfortably, retained the ball better and built more attacks, which of course, culminated in our second."

Blues: Zach Jeacock, Rico Patterson (Triallist 70), Marcel Oakley, Alfie Chang, Rico Browne, Josh Williams (Chris Ogor 70), Remi Walker, Jordan James, George Hall, (Brandon Khela 70), Jobe Bellingham, Troy Deeney (Kieran Wakefield, 45).