Robbo happy to see Under-23s show their character

Paul Robinson
Paul Robinson

To be 2-0 down and to claw it back to 2-2 shows fantastic character by the boys.

Paul Robinson.

Paul Robinson was full of praise for Blues Under-23s after their second-half showing against Reading.

The Club's Development side came from two goals down to secure a 2-2 draw in their Premier League Cup tie against the Royals on Friday afternoon.

Blues showed two distinct ides of their character in the contest at the Autotech Stadium, home of Solihull Moors.

In the first 45 they struggled to get hold of the ball and Reading were deserving of their 2-0 lead at the break.

But an enforced half-time substitution, which saw Odin Bailey replace the injured Josh Andrews, ultimately paid dividends as Bailey struck twice and inspired a fightback which saw Blues back to their best in the second period.

"We were very disappointed with the first-half and we weren't quite at it," said Assistant Senior Professional Development Coach Robinson.

"We didn't play as we have done in recent weeks when we were in the opposition's faces, and when we do that it can be our downfall.

"But we were much better in the second-half."

"To be 2-0 down and to claw it back to 2-2 shows fantastic character by the boys," continued Robinson.

"Once we got the first goal back our confidence started to grow.

"When you play against teams like Reading, they move the ball really quickly and they've got players that get in intelligent areas.

"So, it was important for us to start on the front foot in the second-half and I thought we did.

"As soon as we got the ball back, we scored the goal and we didn't look like turning back and we could have gone on and won it in the end.

"The thing that pleased me most about the performance was the character.

"When you’re behind and things are not going your way, you've got to show who you are playing for and who you represent.

"I thought in the second-half the boys were outstanding as a group - the subs that came on as well.

"They had a big influence because sometimes it can be hard to come into games like that."