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Spooner pleased with composed Under-23s' display

Cheick Keita
Cheick Keita in action for Blues Under-23s

I was pleased that we were composed with the ball and creative and we produced goalscoring opportunities.

Steve Spooner.

Steve Spooner felt that Blues Under-23s were worthy winners following their comfortable 2-0 win against Ipswich Town on Friday afternoon.

Second-half goals from Odin Bailey and Josh Andrews earned Blues all three points, but as Spooner admitted Blues could and possibly should have won by a much greater margin.

"Not being disrespectful to Ipswich, but I don't think they could have argued if it had been four or five nil," said Spooner, Blues' Senior Professional Development Coach.

"The first-half we created lots of chances which we didn't take.

"And that's probably something we need to do some work on - people getting in the right areas from crosses.

"But the approach play was very good so that was positive. If we're going to be ruthless, we're going to have to start taking chances."

Spooner admitted there was always the danger that Blues could be hit on the break if they didn't eventually make the most of their opportunities.

"We spoke at half-time about the danger of being done on the counter-attack because once or twice Ipswich looked to attack quickly and they looked good at it,” he continued.

"I just said to them to stay switched on because there is a tendency when things don't happen as you want that players start going a little but more gung-ho and it's important that they retain their discipline.

"So, it was good to finally get the goals.

"Odin took his penalty very calmly, and Josh arguably scored the most difficult of his chances with a very creative finish.

"Overall, I was pleased that we were composed with the ball and creative and we produced plenty of goalscoring opportunities.

"It was good to keep a clean sheet and it was a good standard of performance."

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