Kevin Ball

Ball reflects on defeat

by Stuart Vose

Coach disappointed with winning goal.

Kevin Ball felt his under-21s needed more up front after they went down 1-0 to Southampton last night.

Callum Chambers’ 20th-minute goal secured victory for the Saints in sub-zero conditions at Eppleton CW as the second string suffered their first defeat since the opening day.

“It was one of those games where I thought we passed the ball well at times but lacked a cutting edge in certain areas,” Ball said.

“We huffed and puffed and personally I felt we were the better team, but we didn’t do enough to win the game.

“You have to say congratulations to Southampton, who did a containing job on us.”

However Ball admitted he was disappointed with his side’s defending for the goal, which came when Chambers headed in a left-wing corner from close range.

The coaching staff had highlighted the Saints’ abilities at set-pieces in the build-up to the game only to see their training-ground work undone.

“We were aware of what they do at corners and had worked on it on the morning of the game,” Ball explained.

“The players were made aware of the position they would hit, we spoke about it and they were happy with it.

“Then we got done on it. It was against the run of play and a goal that didn’t need to be conceded.”

He added: “We needed to be more clinical in the final third and if we had’ve been we would have got something out of the game.

“I don’t think we deserved to lose, but okay was not enough.

“We just needed that bit more in the most important area to get something out of the game.”