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Reaction: Cardiff City Under-23s 0 Blues Under-23s 1

Steve Spooner.
Steve Spooner.

We showed we can mix our game up and I thought there were some excellent defensive performances as well.

Steve Spooner.

Senior Professional Development Coach Steve Spooner felt his Blues side were good value for their away win at Cardiff City on Monday afternoon.

The only goal of the game was scored by Blues midfielder Jack Concannon late in the first-half.

However, Blues created several other chances, and at the same time restricted the Bluebirds to a limited number of openings thanks to some accomplished defensive play.

"The first half we took a little of time to settle down and the game was very rushed," admitted Spooner.

"But once we got our foot on the ball and started passing it about, we showed what we are capable of.

"We were patient and we didn't hurry, and we didn't let them impose their physicality on us.

"We were very confident in possession and showed good movement which allowed us to retain the ball and I was delighted with the performance.

"There were two sides to the game, and I felt we managed them both very well.

"We showed we can mix our game up and I thought there were some excellent defensive performances.

"We showed a real discipline and competitive edge as well.

"Everyone put in the effort from the goalkeeper to the attackers."

The Cardiff attack was led by experienced former Sheffield Wednesday and Bolton striker Gary Madine and the Blues central defensive pairing of Joe Redmond and Mitch Robert largely negated his threat.

"We coped with Gary Madine very well," continued Spooner.

"There were going to be times when he got the first contact but then we dealt with the second one.

"It was a great test for the two centre-halves especially young Mitch (Roberts) who is a couple of years behind Joe (Redmond) and that experience was invaluable for both of them."

Spooner was also full of praise for the way that Concannon executed his goal.

"It was a fantastic goal and worthy of winning any game," he concluded.

"He swivelled his hips and just showed the composure and correct technique to glide it into the top corner."

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