Steve Beaglehole

Beaglehole: We Dominated The Game

Steve Beaglehole pointed to a difficult two-day turnaround of fixtures as Leicester City's Development Squad fell to a slender 1-0 defeat by Burnley in the Premier League Cup on Friday.
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 - Leicester City's Development Squad are beaten 1-0 by Burnley in the Premier League Cup
- The Foxes exited the competition at the Last-16 stage on Friday afternoon
- Under-23s coach Steve Beaglehole noted the short turnaround from their last fixture
- City's youngsters played 120 minutes and penalties as recently as Wednesday evening

The Foxes, who took Bayern Munich to extra-time and penalties on Wednesday, headed north to Lancashire on Friday in the Last-16 of their only remaining cup competition.

Despite a valiant effort with tired legs at Barnfield Training Centre, forward Dan Agyei's second half strike condemned Leicester to defeat and elimination from the Premier League Cup.

Speaking to LCFC TV at full-time, Beaglehole, the Club's Senior Professional Development Phase Coach, praised the performance, but was disappointed with his side's conviction in front of goal.

"I thought today was going to be harder than the Bayern Munich game," he said. "We played 90 minutes, extra-time and penalties in that one and then two days later we’re here.

If you can’t get the rub of the green and be clinical in the final third then you absolutely have to keep the back door shut and we didn’t.

Steve BeagleholeLCFC TV

"We were always going to be up against it today and, if I’m honest, the lads did better than some may have expected, playing so soon after Wednesday - apart from in the final third.

"I thought we dominated the game. We created a lot of opportunities in the final third, but we lacked the quality to actually score goals.

"There was lots of good play, but we’re struggling in front of goal. We’re getting in there a lot, though, and if we had kept a clean sheet we’d still be out there playing extra-time.

"If you can’t get the rub of the green and be clinical in the final third then you absolutely have to keep the back door shut and we didn’t.

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City 'keeper Max Bramley gets down to make an important stop.

"Their lad (Dan Agyei) showed composure in front of goal and he was clinical to score the goal."

However, Beaglehole said there is much to be excited about concerning the Club's next generation with several players impressing at a young age from within the Club's Academy.

While graduates Ben Chilwell, Harvey Barnes and Hamza Choudhury have all enjoyed success for the first team this term, Beaglehole says there is another group to watch out for.

He added: "I’ve said to you before that this job is the development of players and a big part of it is winning and the success we’ve had with players coming through has shown that.

We’ve had a lot of games this season and we’ve learned a lot so we need now to add to the group, but there’s no doubt that we’ve got very good players coming through.

Steve BeagleholeLCFC TV

"That’s because the team was winning and they were confident, particularly when you talk about players like Barnesy, who’s an attacking player and was scoring goals for us.

"You need a team that’s strong so you can get on the ball and on the front foot. We’ve had a great season at times and we’ve had players go out on loan and up into the first team.

"We’ve had a lot of games this season and we’ve learned a lot so we need now to add to the group, but there’s no doubt that we’ve got very good players coming through."

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