Steve Beaglehole

Beaglehole: Reflect & Move On

Coach Steve Beaglehole has backed Leicester City's Development Squad to embark on a more positive run of form after Monday night's Premier League 2 Division 1 defeat by Manchester City.
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- Leicester City's Development Squad were beaten 6-1 by Manchester City Under-23s on Monday
- The result leaves the young Foxes in 11th place in Premier League 2 Division 1
- Steve Beaglehole has called on the Club's young stars to remain resolute despite results
- The Under-23s coach says the tide will turn for Leicester's youngsters in the coming weeks

Goals from Ben Knight, Felix Nmecha (2), Liam Delap (2) and Alex Robertson came before a late consolation strike from the penalty spot by Jake Wakeling in a 6-1 defeat by Manchester City for the young Foxes at LCFC Training Ground.

Speaking to LCFC TV in Seagrave, Beaglehole highlighted the quality of the opposition, but also pointed to the mentality of City's youngsters, who continued to battle on despite testing circumstances.

"The lads kept going, particularly in the second half," the Club's Senior Professional Development Phase Coach said. "They had their backs to the wall in the first half, but I thought they stuck to the task.

Nobody likes to get beat with that score, but it’s gone now and we move on. We've got to change the run of results that we're getting and I'm confident that we will.

Steve Beaglehole LCFC TV

"We’ve got some young players that have not come up against anything like that and they’re a very, very good side. Sometimes you’ve got to highlight the class of the opposition.

"They’re the best team that I’ve seen since I’ve been doing this job, I said that when we played them away. With their clinical finishing, movement, athleticism, they’re a real handful."

Leicester were much improved in the second period and Beaglehole says now work will be done by the Under-23s backroom team to prepare them for a double header of fixtures against Brighton & Hove Albion and Chelsea next week.

"In the second half, we were better," he continued. "I was pleased with the goal for Jake Wakeling. He took it and stuck it in well and I think the biggest plus point is that we kept going.

"Some of the younger players we’ve got will have to learn from that because their younger players are the same age and that’s the bar. We’ve got to move on. We’ll get the players in for the next game and if we keep that mentality, in terms of keeping going, then things will change for us.

"They’d had four shots and four goals at one point, so that shows you how clinical they are. They were four good strikes. Nobody likes to get beat with that score, but it’s gone now and we move on.

"We've got to change the run of results that we're getting and I'm confident that we will."

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