- Steve Beaglehole reflects on the Leicester City Development Squad's defeat by Sunderland
- The Foxes now know the Premier League 2 Division 1 title race is out of their hands
- City need both Arsenal and Liverpool to drop points over the coming week
- Beaglehole says he is still immensely proud of their overall performance this season
While the Black Cats were deserved victors at Stadium of Light, City missed several chances at key moments of their penultimate fixture of the Premier League 2 Division 1 campaign.
After Benjamin Mbunga-Kimpioka and Luke Molyneux put Sunderland ahead, Sam Hughes narrowed the arrears before half-time, but Molyneux added another after Jack Diamond's decisive solo effort.
As a result, City need both Arsenal and Liverpool to drop points in the race at the Division 1 summit this week before they host Derby County at King Power Stadium on Monday (7pm kick-off).
Beaglehole Reflects On Sunderland Loss
Development Squad manager Steve Beaglehole speaks to LCFC TV following a 4-1 defeat at Sunderland.
“There was a lot at stake for Sunderland, they needed to win to stay in the top league… we needed to win to have a chance of winning the league,” Beaglehole told LCFC TV.
“I thought if we could get another goal back before half-time we could get some stability and composure because we were lacking that at the time.
“In the second half, we started well and had plenty of opportunities to score as well so not only have we been poor in our defensive third of the pitch, we’ve been poor in the top third.
“We had enough chances to have certainly gone in at half time equal, we should have scored at least another goal in the first half.
They’re a great bunch of lads, it's been great season and, even if that’s the end of it now and we don’t win the league, it’s been a fantastic season.Steve Beaglehole LCFC TV
“In the second-half, the third goal killed us, I think Sunderland had five shots and scored four goals.”
Summing up his emotions at full-time, the Under-23s boss added: “You can see how disappointed I am, it’s been a tremendous campaign so far but I didn’t see that coming.
“We were beaten by a team that deserved to win the game today, I’ve not said that much at all this season, Swansea was another game but apart from that we’ve been spot on.
“They’re a great bunch of lads, it's been great season and, even if that’s the end of it now and we don’t win the league, it’s been a fantastic season.”
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