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City Too Sharp For Molineux Youngsters


15:56 2nd April 2014

Midweek defeat at Compton.

The Academy under 18s took a point from their trip to Manchester midway through March but the Sky Blues had the upper hand when the teams met for the rescheduled return fixture at Compton Park on Wednesday afternoon.

City took the lead after 10 minutes through Thierry Ambrose and went two up three minutes after the break with Denzeil Boadu finding the net. Boadu was also on target with the third goal deep into stoppage time.

Coach Mick Halsall admitted: “They (City) proved too strong for us and we went down by 3-0. We knew it was going to be difficult against a very good technical side but we did not force the issue in any way in the first half as we allowed City to dictate the play. 

“They were always going to have more of the ball but our players could have shown more willingness when not in possession. It is not being over critical towards our lads, but that extra bit of game winning mentality could have been more evident if they had believed more in themselves although I felt they did do that in the second period to some degree.

“We conceded the first two goals due to players not working hard enough and knowing what is expected from them in certain situations. Whenever we got on the ball, due to the opposition’s ability to break quickly, our players could not deal with it the problem and consequently, for us as a team, we struggled to get in to the game. However, it is what we are at the moment so we have to finish off the season off in the best way we can by trying to remain positive with the players.

“It was good to get two under 16 players onto the pitch on Wednesday which will gave them an idea of what to expect next season although things will be more difficult than the City game when we start again. The quality we were up against on Wednesday will be even more evident next term, so you have to be realistic in what you expect to achieve, both in certain games and the season itself.”

The Molineux youngsters face a tough climax to their season with trips to Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal sandwiching a home encounter with Norwich.  

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