Steve Beaglehole

Beaglehole: We Need To Show Consistency

Leicester City’s Development Squad will have to be at their best to beat West Ham United Under-23s on Monday evening, according to Steve Beaglehole.

- Leicester City Under-23s host West Ham United Under-23s in Premier League 2 on Monday (7pm kick-off)
- The fixture will be City's first home game of the season, played at King Power Stadium
- The Foxes are aiming for a third consecutive victory in all competitions
- Coach Steve Beaglehole says they won't be taking bottom-of-the-table West Ham lightly

The Foxes face the East Londoners at King Power Stadium (7pm kick-off) for what will be the youngsters’ first home fixture of the season.

City defeated a previously unbeaten Brighton & Hove Albion Under-23s 4-0 in their last league match back in October, thanks to goals from Callum Wright, Tyrese Shade and Jake Wakeling’s double.

Senior Professional Development Phase Coach, Beaglehole, has aspirations of improving their league position and has challenged the team to maintain a consistent level of performance.

When they consistently work hard and perform from the start, not just do it for one half or start after 20 minutes, that's the key and that's what we're looking for.

Steve Beaglehole

"We're looking forward to it," he said when speaking to ahead of the fixture. "Our last league game was at Brighton and we need to get some positive consistency in the league now.

"We have been inconsistent with our performances and our results and I'm looking now to get some more points on the board and continue the development that you've seen recently, both individually and collectively as a team.

"The staff have worked them very hard. We've pushed them in training and they've responded. As a group, they are now showing that they have got ability.

"When they consistently work hard and perform from the start, not just do it for one half or start after 20 minutes, that's the key and that's what we're looking for.

"We're looking for a good start at King Power Stadium. I believe for a number of them it will possibly be the first time they have played on that wonderful pitch and in that great stadium.

"So that should be a massive boost for them in terms of playing in a stadium that they obviously want to get to a stage where they are playing in it on a regular basis, that's the goal for them."

The Hammers are currently bottom of the Premier League 2 table and the only side yet to pick up a win in the league campaign.

Leicester, meanwhile, are 11th in the 13-team table and looking for a second consecutive win to improve their standing in the top tier of Under-23s football.

Beaglehole believes City will have to show different attributes from the 3-1 comeback victory over Grimsby Town in the EFL Trophy last time out, to take another positive result.

"It's such a great games programme, there are different challenges and they probably couldn't be further apart, Grimsby and West Ham," he admitted.

Development Squad

Grimsby Town 1 Leicester City Development Squad 3

All the action from a superb victory that secured qualification for the young Foxes in the EFL Trophy.

 "West Ham are a club that I admire, they've always produced talented players and got them through to the first team.

"When I started coaching they were always one of the benchmarks for developing young players and without a doubt they'll have some good players on show.

"I think their results don't do them justice, from the clips that I've seen of them. They've lost their last three league games, but they've probably been the better team. They are in a false position I believe.

"They've done well in the EFL Trophy, like we have, they've qualified. They played a bit of a stronger team than they've been doing in some of the league matches, but whatever they put out, it will be a good test."

All times GMT.

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