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Posted on 28 February 2006  - 12:00

Pat Holland was left disappointed after our Under-18s defeat against Leicester City in the FA Premier Academy League.

Pat Holland was left disappointed after our Under-18s defeat against Leicester City in the FA Premier Academy League.

Leicester made the most of a strong wind blowing straight down the pitch to take a 4-0 lead at half-time and although the scoreline didn't get any worse, Pat felt the lads didn't create enough with the wind in their favour in the second half.

Here is Pat's rundown. "There was an unbelievably strong wind and the lads just didn't adapt to the conditions well enough.

"We overplayed in areas where we should have been more positive - not necessarily smashing the ball away but being a bit more direct in getting it to players quickly and playing behind them.

"The first goal came when we lost possession in the left-back area, they broke and the third and fourth goals came from set-pieces that we failed to deal with.

"For instance, the second goal was a ball played from the back that was cut out in midfield and they went through and scored.

"At half-time we pointed out the areas where we felt we could have done better but we were still looking to get something positive out of the second half.

"In fairness, even though neither side scored, they were unlucky to hit the bar and we just didn't create enough, it was a disappointing game all-round.

"We had a few missing but Leicester had a young-ish side as well and we have to look at the game and say it's time to do better."