Report: Blues Under-18s 3 Watford Under-18s 1

I thought everybody today was excellent. It’s a strong word, one which I don’t throw around too much, but I thought their performances were excellent,

Steve Spooner.

Blues Under-18s made it three league wins on the spin at the weekend as they swept aside Watford at the Trillion Trophy Training Centre.

Goals from Mitchell Roberts, Adan George and Kane Thompson-Sommers fired Steve Spooner’s side to victory against the side that had knocked them out of the FA Youth Cup in December.

Blues made a positive start with full-backs Roberts and Nick Kinina causing plenty of problems for the visitors on the wings.

But it was actually the Hornets that took the lead against the run of play after 10 minutes through Sonny Blu Lo-Everton.

The youngster collected the ball on the left-side of the area and managed to weave his way through a number of blue shirts before slotting the ball past Josh Bradley-Hurst.

Unbowed, Blues continued to press forwards and found themselves level before the break.

After winning a free-kick on the left of the penalty area, George Baker floated a ball to the back post which was prodded in by the on-rushing Roberts

And they went close to taking the lead when George’s snapshot forced Harvey White into a quick save as he parried the forward's effort wide of his right post.

But the hosts were not to be denied for much longer as they took the lead early in the second-half.

Alfie Chang drilled an excellent pass through to Thompson-Sommers whose first touch played through George, clear of any defenders to fire his effort low into the far corner.

Roberts them had a chance to score his second of the game but he could not get a touch on Baker’s cross before Tate Campbell’s edge of the box effort forced White into another fine save.

The result was put beyond doubt in the 77th minute when Thompson-Sommers went on a surging run from the right-hand-side before making his way inwards and his shot from outside the area found the bottom-left corner.

Steve Spooner felt his side were worthy winners and praised their ‘excellent’ individual and collective performances.

“I thought everybody today was excellent. It’s a strong word, one which I don’t throw around too much, but I thought their performances were excellent,” said Blues’ Lead Professional Development Coach.

“The only disappointment I have is that we didn’t score more goals. I mean no disrespect to Watford but if we had scored six or seven it would have been completely just and reflected our superiority.”

Spooner was also delighted with some of the football he witnessed from his side, especially for their second goal.

“It was a great pass from midfield by Changy, a great touch from Kane into Adan and a fantastic finish to complete the move,” he said.

“Adan showed terrific technique with the finish, he didn’t rush and smash it he just side-footed it into the corner which was great to see.”

Blues have one league game remaining when they welcome Bolton Wanderers to the Trillion Trophy Training Centre on Thursday. They have the chance to end the season with four wins on the bounce.

“It would be a nice way to finish the season. It’s about keeping the consistency which we haven’t had a lot this season due to the group we have sometimes changing each week, added Spooner

"We’ve just got to make sure we keep up the consistency we’ve had in this recent run of games.”

Blues Under-18s: Bradley-Hurst, Roberts, Gordon, Forrest, Kinina, Chang (Walker, 80), Thompson-Sommers, Campbell, Baker (Powell, 80), George, Traore (Miller,62)
Subs (not used): Clayton, Powell, Craig.