Jakub Stolarczyk

We Need To Start Better, Says Stolarczyk

Goalkeeper Jakub Stolarczyk says Leicester City’s Development Squad must learn to make a swifter start in games following their 2-1 Premier League 2 loss to Derby County.
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- Jakub Stolarczyk says Leicester City’s Development Squad must put a stop to conceding early goals in games
- The Foxes were beaten 2-1 by Derby County in Premier League 2 on Monday evening
- Stolarczyk praised the impact of a number of youngsters following the clash at LCFC Training Ground

The Foxes fell behind early on when Dylan Williams opened the scoring, before Cameron Cresswell doubled his side’s advantage after only 14 minutes at LCFC Training Ground.

City rallied after the interval and halved the deficit through Will Russ, and despite a flurry of late opportunities – with Stolarczyk also joining the attack from set-plays in the closing stages – they were unable to find an equaliser.

“Of course, we're not happy,” Stolarczyk told LCFC TV. “We've lost the third game in a row now and no one's going to be happy about it. But I think there's been a few positives, quite a lot, actually.

“Especially in that we have lots of debutants today, younger players coming in and I think some of the players really showed their character. But like I said, we're definitely not happy because we lost our third game in a row.

“We need to work on it (conceding early goals) as a team because it's easier to play when we're losing, there's a bit less pressure on us, so it's easier to play.

“But we need to get into this mentality that we need to score first, not concede first and then play good. We need to make sure that we score first and we carry on like this and be on it straight from the start.”

A string of players stood out for Stolarczyk – skipper on the night – on Monday in Seagrave, including midfielder Sammy Braybrooke, who was effective at both ends of the pitch throughout the 90 minutes.

“He was Man of the Match for me as well and you could see he's shown he's got a bit about him,” the stopper said. “He's shown character.

It's going to be a tough time for us, but I think we're going to be on it as a team, we're going to be working on that.”

Jakub Stolarczyk LCFC TV

“In the 85th minute he's making a tackle in the 18-yard box, sprinting from the other box, so you can see this lad's got a lot of character and let's hope he's going to carry on like this.”

City now have an opportunity to bounce back on Monday, when Manchester City visit LCFC Training Ground in Premier League 2 (7pm GMT kick-off).

“That's a good thing,” he added. “We don't get too much time to think about it. It's just done now, we need to forget about it, just do the analysis, make sure we're going to be spot on in the training sessions and as a team, we do need to show a lot of character right now.

“Now I think the young players which are stepping up, it's going to be a big challenge for them, for us, in general as a team and I think like I said it's going to be a tough time for us, but I think we're going to be on it as a team, we're going to be working on that.”

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