Steve Beaglehole

Beaglehole Delighted With Application & Energy

Coach Steve Beaglehole praised 'a team effort' as Leicester City's Development Squad recorded a 4-0 away victory over Brighton & Hove Albion on Friday evening.
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- Leicester City's Development Squad defeated Brighton Under-23s 4-0 on Friday night
- Goals from Jake Wakeling (2), Callum Wright and Tyrese Shade secured three points for the Foxes at the Amex Elite Football Performance Centre
- Coach Steve Beaglehole praised the team's efforts in gaining a much needed victory and clean sheet in Premier League 2
- Beaglehole was also pleased to keep a clean sheet for the first time since the opening game of the season

Previously unbeaten in Premier League 2 Division 1, the Seagulls were hit by a dominant City performance that included a first half brace for Jake Wakeling and further goals from Callum Wright and Tyrese Shade.

Senior Professional Development Phase Coach Beaglehole admitted it was a long awaited three points, having not tasted victory since the opening day win at Manchester United. 

He told LCFC.com post-match: "I'm really pleased with the result, pleased for the lads, it's been a really long couple of days, training and then setting off, so we've put a lot of work in and the staff have been absolutely fantastic. 

"When you have a period like this, you need people around you to be brilliant. The most satisfying thing is when players take it on board and you can see there has been development in a positive way. 

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Sidnei Tavares
Sidnei Tavares

City scored two goals in each half to down Brighton on Friday evening.

 "We gave them some harsh words after the Manchester City game and I'd been disappointed of late that we hadn't played to our game plan and that changed today.

"We were back on it, how we were in the first two games of the season and in pre-season, and we've got to continue that. It was a team effort and I think the players realise how much the effort is to get them into that frame of mind." 

While being content with the team's overall performance, Beaglehole wants City to be even more ruthless in the final third, admitting the scoreline could have been more favourable once Brighton were reduced to 10 men for the second half, after goalkeeper Carl Rushworth was shown a straight red card.  

He continued: "To score four goals and keep a clean sheet is good at any standard and hopefully now we can get back to being a side that is difficult to beat and enjoys playing attacking football.

"We should have scored more in all honesty, if we were a bit more clinical. The team that scores first has a really good chance of not losing the game, but it's not the be all and end all.

 "Once we scored the first, we went on and scored the second so you're then on the front foot. I'd rather the lad had not been sent off and then we'd have gone through and scored the third goal.

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Jakub Stolarczyk
Jakub Stolarczyk

Foxes goalkeeper Jakub Stolarczyk helped to keep a second shutout of the league season.

"I don't think Jakub [Stolarczyk] has had a save of any significance to make so I'm pleased with that too. At this level, it's about learning how to win games and see them through. Tonight we've done that."

The Foxes have risen to ninth in the 13-team top division, with Beaglehole pleased to get back on track after a tricky period of results. 

"We've prided ourselves on staying in this top division and it's getting harder, the league gets stronger and it's difficult, but it's a great objective for us," he added.

"It's a good league and it's important that our players have that benchmark and that competition to bring the best out of them.

"We'll gladly take the three points, it moves us up the table and we're playing all of our games away from home at the moment and it's not easy, but we've got a lot of home games to look forward to.

"It's only one result and there's a lot of work to do but it's a great win for us, there's nothing like winning a game of football."

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