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Reaction: Blues Under-18s 4 Bolton Wanderers Under-18s 0

Lead Professional Development Coach Paul Robinson.
Lead Professional Development Coach Paul Robinson.

We made the perfect start and were on the front foot and scored two quick goals which took the wind out of the sails of the opposition.

Paul Robinson.

Paul Robinson was delighted with the way his Blues side responded to recent defeats after seeing them sweep aside Bolton on a windswept Tuesday afternoon at the Trillion Trophy Training Centre.

Blues netted two goals in either half against The Trotters as they largely dominated the play.

The goals were spread around the Blues team, with Remy Walker, Yoane Zohore, Tate Campbell and Dan Djurovic all bagging a goal apiece.

The game also saw a first Under-18s start for 15-year-old Tommy Fogarty at full-back, as well a first appearance off the subs' bench for fellow 15-year-old Harley Hamilton.

"It was a fantastic performance and could have been more than 4-0," said Lead Professional Development Coach Robinson.

"I think we made it easier for ourselves with how we went about it.

"After the weekend (when Blues lost 1-0 to Leeds) we wanted a reaction from the players and I think we got that especially from the young boys who came in from the Under-16s. I thought they were excellent and really understood their roles.

"We made the perfect start and were on the front foot and scored two quick goals which took the wind out of the sails of the opposition.

"From the first whistle to the last I thought we were exceptional, but the boys have got to take this on and keep doing it week in and week out."

Despite the conditions, Blues tried to play the game in the right way by using the ball on the floor and displaying some slick passing.

"That's the way I want them to play," continued Robinson.

"I want them to play on the front foot and play quick football where the ball is moving forwards into good areas and then using our quality on the ball in the final third.

"If we do that, we know we can hurt the opposition."

The pace and power of Zohore up front caused Bolton plenty of problems. He scored one goal and could have scored a couple more.

"Yoane has been brilliant over the last three or four weeks and he's been unlucky not to start more games," added Robinson.

"He's a big powerful boy and if you get the ball into him and he holds it up well and links the play well.

"We played with Aidan (Finnegan) and Remy (Walker) off him today and all three of them with their movement created a lot of problems for the Bolton defenders who didn't know where to go or what to do.

"The team as whole pleased me. I thought they moved the ball really well from side to side with pace and they were direct, and of course scored four goals and kept a clean sheet to top off an excellent performance."

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