Up to half-time we were possibly the better side but nonetheless it wasn’t good in the second-half and you really didn’t see that coming.Richard Beale
Coach Richard Beale said that Blues stopped doing the things they were good at and some players went into their shell as the Rams scored four times after the break in the Premier League Cup group match at St. George's Park.
Blues were probably the better team in the opening period. They took the lead twice through Remeao Hutton and a Kyle McFarlane penalty. But they went in 3-2 adrift - Derby scoring a penalty of their own moments before the whistle for the interval - and there seemed no hint of what was to come.
“OK the scoreline probably didn't reflect the first-half but it reflected the second-half because that second-half it was a bit of a horror show," acknowledged Beale.
“It came from nowhere really. But we neither pressed nor kept a good shape and we got picked off by Derby.
“Up to half-time we were possibly the better side but nonetheless it wasn’t good in the second-half and you really didn’t see that coming.
“We had a slip for the first goal in the second-half, which made it 4-2 to them. And then one or two players froze, went in their shell a little bit.
“We said in the changing room afterwards that in order to have a career in the game you need to show more character than that.
“So it was disappointing from the players point of view.
“There is an opportunity on Friday to right the wrongs of the second-half and hopefully we will do that.”
Blues face Hull City at Solihull Moors in the PDL on Friday - 1.30pm kick-off.
But the memory of Monday night at the home of the FA remains raw.
Beale added: “The first-half was probably a fair reflection of where we have been this season, really, in that we played some good football, scored good goals, but we were also very vulnerable defensively at times.
“One of their goals came from a corner. The got the first contact, the ball then bounced off one of their players . . . a sloppy goal, which we should not be conceding.
“The third goal, the penalty, we should have prevented as well. Ikechi Anya, who is quick, has played in the First Team, made a good run across the line but it was very quiet, there wasn’t a lot of communication and he got in between a big gap in our defence and was brought down.
“So yes, it was probably a fair reflection of our season in the first-half, the second-half was just a horror show, as I’ve said.”