Ben Petty

Petty: We Dominated The Game

Ben Petty, Leicester City’s Assistant Senior Development Phase Coach, enjoyed watching the Under-23s prosper in Thursday’s 1-0 win over Sparta Prague B at Holmes Park.
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- Leicester City's Development Squad defeated Sparta Prague B on Thursday night
- Josh Knight, an improvised attacker, scored City's winner with six minutes still to play
- Ben Petty spoke to LCFC TV afterwards to reflect on their first win in the competition
- Petty was particularly pleased to see the Under-23s show attacking conviction

In a victory which restores City’s chances of reaching the knockout stages of the Premier League International Cup, Josh Knight struck in the 84th minute to seal all three points.

It sees the Foxes climb to third in Group B ahead of a clash with Feyenoord in the New Year, although the Dutch outfit will first come up against group leaders Reading.

Speaking to LCFC TV at full-time, Petty said: “We felt that we dominated the game and, in our own defensive third and the mid-third, we were very good.

Development Squad

In Brief: Leicester City U23s 1 Sparta Prague B 0

The most notable moments from the Development Squad's 1-0 success over Sparta Prague B in the Premier League International Cup.

“We passed it well but, again, in the last third, we’re just not quite on it at the moment and we’re not creating that final, killer pass to open teams up, but we’re delighted with the win.

“It was a bit of quality to win the game so we’ll take that tonight.”

A late decision to push Knight further afield ultimately paid dividends for the Foxes and Petty revealed the thinking behind the decision.

He added: “I can honestly say it had nothing to do with me! Steve [Beaglehole, Senior Professional Development Phase Coach] said he just thought Knighty [Knight] had it in him to score a goal.

“Obviously putting a centre-back up front is a little brave, but Knighty is good for some goals. He did it last season and he’s come up with the goods tonight so Beags [Steve Beaglehole] is delighted.”

Petty also provided some details about Matty James’ return to action, the central midfielder’s first appearance at any level of the current season.

“He felt surprising good,” he continued. “He went in with low expectations, he wanted to see how he felt after 45 or 60 minutes and then he’s finished the game for us.

“He’s shown his experience at the end there with Andy King.”

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