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Alex Inglethorpe couldn’t help but feel that our Under-18s deserved more than a single point for their efforts in the last two games.

Alex Inglethorpe couldn’t help but feel that our Under-18s deserved more than a single point for their efforts in the last two games.They had more than the lion’s share of possession against Birmingham City a fortnight ago but were held to a goalless draw by a City side determined to avoid a repeat of the 4-1 result in our favour at Birmingham in November.

The lads then stormed into a 2-0 lead at half-time against section leaders Leicester City last Saturday only to suffer a 3-2 defeat.

As coach Alex reflected, it’s all about a young squad gaining valuable experience: “I think we deserved more out of these games, we’ve played well and come away with the one point, but that’s football and the good thing is that they are progressing.

“We’ve had five Under-16 players involved and in speaking to other Academies, that’s something that hasn’t happened everywhere and is very positive for us.

“We’ve got Jake Livermore and Alex Olsen coming back from injury and that will help us tremendously.

“Leicester was only the second league defeat of the season and that’s not too bad as we’re talking towards the end of January.

“We were 2-0 up at half-time and they were two really good goals. Tomas first followed in after the goalkeeper hit a clearance against him, good for a forward to chase what appeared to be a lost cause. The second goal was one of the best we’ve scored this season, a great ball in midfield from Yaser Kasim to David Hutton and then wonderful weight on the cross from David to allow Tomas to score.

“We knew it would be difficult because we were up against a howling wind. I admired the way we tried to play but with more experience, the team will learn that perhaps they’ll have to do things differently to close the game out and in the end we were undone by set-pieces.

“With more experience and match awareness they perhaps won’t do some of the things they tried to do in certain areas.

“Birmingham was a different game and they set up to make it very difficult for us.

“They were very complimentary about us when we played them away, told us we were the best side they'd played and probably with that in mind, came here with a very defensive formation, dropped off and tried to hit us on the break.

“I think it's a great challenge to try and break that system down. We had more than enough possession to try and solve the problems Birmingham posed and maybe with a little more quality we would have done it, but credit to Birmingham, they did what they did very well.

“I would say it was a satisfactory performance in patches without reaching some of the levels we've reached this season.”