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Reaction: Blues Under-23s 1 Crewe Alexandra Under-23s 1

Senior Professional Development Coach Steve Spooner.
Senior Professional Development Coach Steve Spooner.

We had 13 attempts on goal in the first-half, but 10 were off target.

Steve Spooner.

Steve Spooner admitted his Blues side were below par in terms of their finishing after seeing them held to a draw by Crewe on Monday afternoon.

Blues pinned The Railwaymen back for much of the first-half and peppered the visitors with a host of chances but failed to make them count.

This allowed Crewe to find a way back into the contest and they took a 69th minute lead through Connor Heath with well-taken finish from just outside the area.

Thankfully Blues claimed a share of the spoils minutes later when substitute Kyle Hurst won a penalty, which he subsequently converted.

"The positives are that we could have put the game out of sight in the first-half," said Senior Professional Development Coach Spooner.

"We had 13 attempts on goal in the first-half, but 10 were off target.

"It was due to us either making the wrong decisions or our technique.

"But sometimes you have those days where you have numerous chances, but you miss them and other games you only get the odd chance and you score."

Crewe enjoyed their best spell after half-time, and it was during that period they took the lead.

"You have to accept that there will be a time when the opposition is in the ascendancy, but you have to deal with that and I don't think we dealt with it well enough and that was epitomised by a very soft goal that I thought was preventable. It all started from our throw," continued Spooner.

"They went long and dictated to us through that. I felt we dealt well with the first ball, but we didn't well enough with the second phase and it encouraged them on a little bit.

"We changed the shape after they went to a diamond and we went to a three up the top to try and force their full-back back which we accomplished, and they didn't get as far forward after we changed our shape.

"But from an attacking point of view I don't think we did well enough from the wide areas. When Hursty came on he caused a few problems as with the penalty.

"On the back of going 1-0 down, to get ourselves back in it to 1-1 was creditable but I would have liked to have seen us finish them off."

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