Blues Under-23s return to the St. Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium

Josh Martin
Josh Martin.

Blues Under-23s seek to maintain their unbeaten start to the league season


Blues Development Squad take to the St. Andrew's stage again on Saturday.

They will be seeking to maintain their unbeaten start to the PDL against Colchester United (kick-off 12 noon).

Richard Beale, Paul Robinson and the boys would love to see as many fans as possible backing them - and there's even enough time to head off to Nottingham Forest and the First Team fixture afterwards.

Blues won their opener at St. Andrew's against Watford 3-1 and came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at Charlton Athletic on Monday.

"We just want the boys to continue the work they have been doing so far," said Senior Professional Development Coach Beale.

"We will be looking for them to keep a good shape, be aggresive when pressing and be bright and sharp going forward.

"And when the opportunity is there, to put the ball into the box and create chances.

"It's not rocket science; we want them to get into good habit and instill into them these kind of things to align them with the First Team."

Blues could have Dan Scarr, Josh Dacres-Cogley and possibly Beryly Lubala available after their recent senior squad involvement.

Francis Amartey, Danny Lupano and Joe Redmond are sidelined due to injury. Remeao Hutton remains out also.

Odin Bailey has scored two goals in as many games for the Under-23s and Beale said there were other bright spots, individually.

Josh Martin - who scored at Charlton - is performing well and with aggression, and Geraldo Bajrami has made the step up from Under-18s to regular Under-23s football well so far.

"There's still a lot of work to do," added Beale. "The team ethic, it's very good; the players work well together as a squad and there is a good vide around the place, like there is around the First Team.

"Obviously our objective is different in that we need to get players closer to the First Team - that's the aim."

Admission on Saturday is free to Season Ticket holders and Blues Loyalty members, otherwise it is £4 and £2.

Meanwhile the loan of Kieron Dawes to Sutton Coldfield Town has been extended by another month to the end of September and the work experience agreements of Leo Brown and Jack Concannon to the Royals have also been extended to 22 September.