Report: Blues Under-18s 1 Sheffield Wednesday Under-18s 0

The big aspect of the game was that we kept a clean sheet.

Paul Harsley

Blues Under-18s made it back-to-back wins as they beat Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.

Rico Patterson’s goal on the hour mark was enough to secure victory over The Owls at the Trillion Trophy Training Centre and keep Blues top of the table.

Attacking from out wide, Patterson’s effort outfoxed the Wednesday goalkeeper and went in off the far post.

The victory was Blues’ sixth in seven matches and Paul Harsley was delighted with how his team, whilst dominating possession, also did the ugly side of the game well to limit the visitors to just one shot on goal.

He said: “It was a really pleasing performance for the lads. It wasn’t quite as fluid as we can be, but very rarely do you get those games. The boys defended the goal well and created the vast majority of chances and fully deserved the victory.

“It was a game where they worked 100% and did everything we asked of them with the ball. The big aspect of the game was that we kept a clean sheet and won 1-0. Sometimes you have to win not playing as well as you can.”

The Professional Development Coach continued in his assessment of the match and was clearly pleased with how his players continue to marry style and substance.

He told “We have a style of play that we believe is the right way of playing. We are always going to take chances and we had various opportunities to extend the lead. The boys are doing really well, and they are getting plenty of success results-wise.”

Harsley also reflected on the news that this season’s FA Youth Cup is set to resume, explaining how his side are excited for the tie against Manchester City.

He said: “There was a statement late on Friday about it coming back so we’ll have to see what happens about when the game might be played. It will be good for all the boys and an opportunity to play against a good team, and we will all be looking forward to it.”

Blues: Brooks, Triallist (Khela 45), Sullivan, Craig (captain), Oakley, Dugmore, Patterson, Hall, Wakefield, James, Bellingham (Fogarty 72).

Unused substitutes: Barratt, Nguepissi, Manton.

Goalscorer: Rico Patterson (60).