Eyre of calm about Blues boys
- Mon 19 Jul 2010, 10:53AM
- Posted by David Clayton
Coach Steve Eyre was pleased with the manner the Elite Development Squad acquitted themselves in their first pre-season game of the summer.
The young Blues beat Hyde 2-0 in a game that was effectively a home match for both sides, with City’s second team now based at Ewen Fields.
“We finished strongly but we also started strongly,” said Eyre.
“We had three one-on-ones all saved by the keeper's legs then hit the crossbar through Ahmad Benali. I looked down at my watch and it was four minutes past three!
“We certainly started brightly then the game settled down. We set out to retain lots of possession, work really hard and improve our fitness levels, our sharpness and our touch.
We could have scored a few more but that's not necessarily what we were looking for. We wanted a solid performance with plenty of possession so I'm really pleased
Eyre was also delighted with Academy youngster Harry Bunn’s display. Bunn was called into the squad at the last minute to replace James Poole and led the line well for the Blues.
"We had a good mix,” said Eyre, who takes the squad to Macclesfield on Saturday. “Harry Bunn was brought in at 12 o'clock to lead the front line at 17 years of age, I thought he linked really well with Adam Clayton throughout the game.
“Let's hope this a building block in place for Harry's career. All the lads did well, but I thought Chris Chantler, Ahmed Benali and Omar Elabdellaoui stood out.
“They never stopped running during the 90 minutes and Javan Vidal showed maturity with three teenagers alongside him at the back. All in all, a great day’s work.”