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Macauley assesses U18s defeat against Sheffield United

25 March 2022

Second-year scholar Tom Macauley said the team battled hard despite suffering defeat against Sheffield United at Bishop Burton College.

The top-of-the-table Blades made it seven league wins in a row in the Professional Development League, with victory over the young Tigers. 

“It was a tough game,” said Macauley. “We knew coming into the game it would be hard against the league leaders, but I thought the boys worked extremely hard.  

“After conceding in the first few minutes, it was tough, but I thought we dealt with it quite well. We then had a good spell where we got forward quite a lot and I thought James Carr did well by getting down the right side plenty of times.

“We were getting crosses into the box, but we just weren’t converting our chances. We then conceded the second and it killed the momentum we had.

“As I said, the boys worked hard, but now we need to work on what we can improve on in training next week.

There were three Under-16s that stepped up to face the Blades in the fixture, with Paul Iggulden and Sam Opoku playing the full game, while Harry Spence replaced Aman Panesar on 67 minutes.

Speaking about their performances as well as previewing the Under-18s next fixture, a trip to face Millwall next Saturday, Macauley added: “Playing in the higher age group is good for them.

“The game is completely different and I thought Paul (Iggulden) dealt with that really well. Sam (Opoku) did really well in midfield and I thought when Harry (Spence) came on, he impacted the game.

“We’ve now just got to train well this next week and start on the front foot for Saturday against Millwall. We need to produce good standards throughout the week and hopefully that will set us up for a good game against Millwall.”


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