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Report: Blues Under-18s 3 Sheffield Wednesday 1

Adan George scored Blues' opener from the penalty spot.
Adan George scored Blues' opener from the penalty spot.

They work extremely hard and I was delighted that they could go home and celebrate the three points at last.

Paul Robinson.

Blues Under-18s were back on the winning trail at the weekend with a deserved home league victory over Sheffield Wednesday.

Paul Robinson's charges were forced to come from behind in the fixture at the Trillion Trophy Training Centre.

Wednesday took a first-half lead but were pegged back in stoppage time at the end of the half by Adan George's penalty conversion.

But after the break Blues upped the pressure and were rewarded as Rico Browne scored twice in the space of five minutes.

It was a game to remember for the defender, who was also making his Under-18s debut.

Lead Professional Development Coach Robinson felt his side were good value for the three points.

"All in all, it was a very good performance by the boys," he said.

"From the first whistle we looked at it and looked like we wanted to put ourselves around which was great because we hadn’t seen that for a while and then it continued throughout the whole game.

"Sheffield Wednesday scored first after a silly mistake at the end by one of our players. But that is going to happen at this level of football.

"But we saw the difference when we went behind because we looked as though we were still at it whereas in recent weeks when we've gone behind you can see the body language and it's been 'here we go again'.

"It was really pleasing to see the character of the boys and we scored in added time at the end of the first half, to make it 1-1 going into half-time."

Robinson continued: "At half-time I told them just to continue what they were doing because we were pretty much on top and the goals will come, and they did.

"In the second-half we were on the front foot and took the game to Sheffield Wednesday and from a set-play Rico Brown flicked it backwards inside the box and it went past the goalkeeper so a great cool finish from a defender.

"And then from another set-piece corner our other centre-half Kade (Craig) laid the ball off to Rico in the box and he calmly slid it past the goalie to make it 3-1.

"It was a very convincing win and I think we could have scored more because we had a lot more chances.

"They work extremely hard and I was delighted that they could go home and celebrate the three points at last."

Robinson was particularly pleased with the display of Browne who struck a brace having made the step up to the Under-18s age group.

"He's been playing in the Under-17s games, but it was his debut for the Under-18s, so it was very pleasing," added Robinson.

"He's a level-headed kid and he had a big smile on his face after the game."

Blues Under-18s: Bradley-Hurst, Oakley, Powell, Chang, Browne, Craig, Hurst, Walker, Traore, George (Zohore, 59), Miller (Williams, 63).
Subs (not used): Rouse, Dugmore, Ray.

Goals: George (45), Browne (64,69).

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