Report: Leeds United Under-18s 3 Blues Under-18s 0

Paul Robinson,
Paul Robinson,

For me it wasn't a 3-0 performance and I thought the lads played really well and thought we deserved something out of the game.

Paul Robinson.

Blues Under18s slipped to a 3-0 away defeat to Leeds United in the league at the weekend.

But the scoreline was certainly not a fair reflection of the game and Paul Robinson's young Blues charges could count themselves unlucky to return from West Yorkshire with nothing to show for their endeavours.

Leeds took the lead early in the game following a fluke deflection, before doubling their tally with just over a quarter of an hour remaining when they converted from a clearly offside position.

Then with the visitors pushing to find a way back into the contest, a defensive error gifted Leeds a crucial third goal with five minutes of normal time remaining.

Despite the seemingly heavy nature of the defeat, Lead Professional Development Coach Robinson was far from dissatisfied with his side's showing.

"I thought we played really well, but I was disappointed with the goals," he said.

"We started the game really positively, moved the ball quickly and caused Leeds a lot of problems.

"The first goal we tried to clear it and it's come off their lad's leg and gone past the goalkeeper, so they had a bit of luck to start with and that was a little bit of a set-back for us.

"But we weren't affected like we have been in recent weeks when we've conceded a goal, and the boys reacted well, and we created a lot of chances which was very positive.

"Leeds would have been really pleased when the half-time whistle came because it would have given them a chance to regroup."

"The start of the second-half the boys started really brightly again and Leeds' second goal was a bit of a sucker punch, especially as it was clearly offside," continued Robbo.

"So, that was 2-0 and then we're going for it towards the end and it's just one of those.

"We're trying to play out from the back, and it doesn't quite work for us and they score from the counter-attack.

"For me it wasn't a 3-0 performance and I thought the lads played really well and we deserved something out of the game.

"But like I always say to them it's about learning from your mistakes and moving onto the next game.

"There were a lot of positives and I think we're in a really good place with at the moment.

"The boys have got smiles on their faces and are enjoying their football, which is the most important thing.

"Yes, we want them to have a winning mentality, but I think that will come over time when they start to realise what football is about and what it means to try and cut out the silly mistakes."

Blues: Rouse, Hall, Djorovic, Chang, Kinina, Craig, Williams (Zohoro, 72), Dugmore, Miller, Walker, Hurst.
Subs (not used): Mayo, Finnegan, Wakefield.