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23 January 2013

U18s manager happy with the effort shown by the lads despite Blues exiting the FA Youth Cup at Pride Park

Russell Osman was pleased with the efforts of his players and feels his young Blues can learn from their FA Youth Cup experiences.

Town were knocked out of the FA Youth Cup by Derby County- who included first-team players Will Hughes and Mason Bennett in their side- losing 3-2 at Pride Park despite taking a first-half lead through Tom Winter.

Mark Timlin also netted for Town but strikes from Rhys Sharpe, Andy Dales and Jamie Hanson saw the Rams progress.

“I thought we gave it a fair go tonight and the lads started the game very well,” Russell told the Club website.

“We got ourselves in front with a good goal and created a few more chances after that. If we had converted a few of those chances then it may have been a different story.

“We knew it was going to be a tough challenge, as Derby have some very good players, but on the whole I thought we gave it a good shot.

“It’s something our lads can learn from and overall I thought it was a good, entertaining game.”

Meanwhile the U18s manager paid tribute to the medical staff of both sides for the parts they played to get Blues defender Omar Sowunmi to the local hospital.

Omar suffered a head injury in the first-half which knocked him unconscious and play was stopped for a lengthy period.

“Omar was knocked out and it looked a bad one at the time. I have to thank the Derby staff for their co-operation in helping to get the lad to the hospital,” Russ added.

“Omar is an important player for us with his height and stature and we wanted him in there to help defend set-pieces, as well as attack them in the final third.

“But these things happen in football and I’m happy to say he is okay at the moment and back from the hospital.” 

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