Leicester City 2-1 Blades U21s - match report
Two second-half goals denied the Blades at least a point at Leicester's Belvoir Drive on Monday afternoon.
Diego De Girolamo headed United in front before the break, but Jacob Blyth netted a double after the interval to secure the points for the Foxes. City named a strong, experienced side, including former Blades loanee Paul Gallagher, along with the likes of Márkó Futács, Matty James and Jesse Lingard.
Coach Chris Morgan praised the application of his players afterwards and insists that despite the defeat the game will be beneficial to the players development:
"We had a very young side and I always knew it was going to be in the second-half, kicking against the wind, and it was, we struggled to get out of our own half.
"Leicester had some experienced players on show, Paul Gallagher and Futács were a really handful, that was the difference in quality. But it is no criticism of our lads, they really competed well throughout.
"We did well in the first-half and if we had gone in two goals up perhaps we could have hung on, but games like this are vital experience for the lads because they need to know how tough it can be at times and playing against the likes of 'Gally' will only help them understand what is required to progress into the first-team."
Kicking with a strong in the opening 45 minutes United played some good football and deservedly took the lead in the 36th minute. An inviting inswinging corner from Tonne wasn't claimed by goalkeeper Logan and despite the attentions of a defender, DE GIROLAMO claimed he had forced the ball home from close range.
As half-time approached Philliskirk raced through on goal but Logan spread his body to block the ball.
That miss proved costly as BLYTH made the most of a pinpoint pass from Futács to prod home an equaliser shortly after the restart and as the Foxes began to dominate the same man headed home following good work by Gallagher.
Blades: Owen, Hodder, McFadzean, Khan (Dimaio 54), Barry, J. Williams, De Girolamo, Pemberton, Ironside, Philliskirk, Tonne.
Unused: T. Williams, Lynch, Smith.