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Report: Blues Under-18s 1 Leeds United Under-18s 2

Blues goalscorer Tate Campbell.
Blues goalscorer Tate Campbell.

On the positive side, some of our football was very good indeed but we couldn't complement that with enough creativity and variation in the final third.

Steve Spooner.

Blues Under-18s slipped to a narrow 2-1 home defeat to Leeds United in the Professional Development League.

Goals from Olly Casey and Jack Jenkins sealed all three points for the Whites, with Tate Campbell scoring a consolation for Steve Spooner’s side.

The visitors started more brightly and opened the scoring after just five minutes when Casey nodded home from a corner.

They then doubled their advantage on 16 when Jenkins curled the ball past Josh Bradley-Hurst in the Blues goal.

But Blues soon regrouped and found themselves back in the contest before half-time after midfielder Campbell was able to pounce on a rebound, after the goalkeeper spilled the ball at his feet.

Leeds adjusted their tactics after the break and despite Blues having more of the possession, they found it difficult to penetrate a well-drilled Whites defensive unit.

With just under an hour played, Jude Bellingham was inches away from levelling with an attempt which struck the post, and then late on the same player forced a fine save from Leeds stopper Josh Rae.

"I was very disappointed with the way we conceded the goals, admitted Lead Professional Development Coach Spooner.

"One was a set-play and the other one was when we didn't get our line right when defending.

"But despite conceding two early goals we stayed with the plan we had worked on, although I didn't feel like we got enough runners in attacking positions.

"Having said that we scored a goal with some good attacking play which was nice, because it was something we'd been working on during the week.

"The second-half Leeds defended a little bit deeper and although we had the lion's share of possession, we couldn't quite break them down.

"We were also a limited a bit by having to make two changes at half-time because of players coming back from injury who could only play 45 minutes.

"On the positive side, some of our football was very good indeed but we couldn't complement that with enough creativity and variation in the final third."

Blues: Bradley-Hurst, Kinina (Powell. h/t), Forrest, Gordon, Roberts, Walker, Chang (Miller, 84), Campbell, Bellingham, Baker, George (Traore, h/t).
Subs (not used): Oakley.

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