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Richard Beale: Moors test was just what we needed

Blues Under-23s in action against Solihull Moors.
Blues Under-23s in action against Solihull Moors.

It was really good to expose our young players to games like that and we'll be looking to do more of that in the remainder of pre-season and during the season.

Richard Beale

Development Squad boss Richard Beale felt his Blues side stood up well to the physical challenge provided by Solihull Moors, despite their 2-0 defeat.

Blues Under-23s were largely comprised of young players and trialists and in fairness were up against a much stronger Moors side that play their football in the National League. 

"Our lads need more games like this where they're having to compete and fight and scrap because that's the bit they're short of," said Senior Professional Development Coach Beale.

"It's really good to expose our young players to games like this and we'll be looking to play more of them in the remainder of pre-season and during the season.

“Today's game was far closer to a first team game than any of the Under-23 games that we play in.

"We want to expose our players to those circumstances and that environment and in that way they can ultimately get closer to where they want to end up."

"We've done a lot of work so far this season on the lads' fitness and the shape of the team," continued Beale.

"The shape of the team was generally good, and they were organised.

"So in term of the organisation and where we're at fitness-wise we're quite happy where we are.

"But we need to work a little bit on what we do with the ball against all sorts of styles.

"Against Solihull Moors we were giving away a lot physically, but it’s a real eye opener for them about where they've got to get to physically and endurance-wise because after 60 or 65 minutes some of the young lads were spent.

"They've got to get fitter and stronger, but myself and Robbo (Paul Robinson) will work with them to make them better in all these areas, that at the moment they're lacking in."

One downside from the game was seeing Remeao Hutton limp off with an injured foot during the first-half and Beale admits it could be a problem for the youngster.

"It's a concern," he said.

"The first indications are it's not good and it looks like he's done some damage to his foot.

"But we have to get it scanned and see what it is."

Photo courtesy of Tom King Photography.

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