Report: Bolton Wanderers Under-18s 1 Blues Under-18s 1

Goalscorer Oumar Traore..
Goalscorer Oumar Traore..

When you go to places like Bolton you've got to be resilient and stand firm and I though they did that for the majority of the game.

Paul Robinson.

Blues Under-18s had to settle for a point as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Bolton Wanderers at the weekend.

Paul Robinson's side looked to have secured a deserved away victory through Oumar Traore's first-half goal, before Bolton levelled in the dying seconds of the game.

After fashioning several early openings, Blues saw their attacking play rewarded just after the half-hour mark when Traore was brought down in the box at the conclusion of a neat piece of passing play from the visitors.

The striker stepped up and slotted home from the penalty spot with a composed finish.

But as the game entered deep into stoppage time, Bolton were awarded a free-kick right on the edge of the Blues box, which they subsequently scored directly from.

Lead Professional Development Coach Robinson was pleased by the showing put in by his side against the Trotters.

"It was disappointing that we didn't see the game out, but I thought it went really well," he reflected.

"When you go to places like Bolton you've got to be resilient and stand firm and I thought they did that for the majority of the game.

"We were compact and solid, and I thought we dealt with their long balls really well and we caught them on the counter-attack quite a bit.

"It was unfortunate that we didn't take our chances, but it was just one of those weeks where nothing went our way in front of goal."

"Overall, we were very comfortable and Bolton never really caused us any problems where they opened us up a lot or had numerous chances on goal." he continued.

"We defended very well and, on another day, where we took our chances, we could have won that game four or five-one.

"I'm very pleased with the boys because they've taken on board a lot of information on how we want them to play in certain games and they're doing exceptionally well, and things are looking good."

Blues: Bradley-Hurst, Oakley (Williams, 66), Powell (Djurovic, 66), Craig, Kinina, Noakes, Walker, Chang (Dugmore, 66), Traore, Hurst, Miller.
Subs (not used): Clayton.

Goals: Traore (32, pen)