Development squad coach Richard Beale has praised his side after beating non-league Sutton Colfield based Romulus 3-0 in the Birmingham Senior Cup on Tuesday evening.
He said his side’s ‘professionalism and attitude’ were evident to get the victory and move into the next round.
Blues had to bide their time in the second round tie, which was played at Sutton’s Coles Lane ground, before netting three second-half goals.
Their task was made all the harder because the match was played on a 3G pitch.
The three goals came from a stunning free-kick from Reece Brown which left the keeper stunned, a clinical finish from defender Harding and an impressive strike from the fullback Bernard to finish off the scoring.
Here’s what Beale had to say:
“It was an astro turf pitch, but it was still a little bit bobbly in parts,” said Beale.
“But the lads have to adjust to whatever they come up against.
“They’re not used to playing on that type of surface but I thought they managed it very well.
“They moved the ball quickly like we’d asked and their attitude and professionalism was excellent.
“We created a number of chances in the first-half, but we just had to be patient because they got men behind the ball and lots of blocks in and made it difficult for us in terms of putting the ball in the back of the net.
“But the three second-half goals were excellent and I thought we did really well on the night considering how tough these games can be.”
Finished here at Coles Lane, Roms have battled here but lost 0-3 to a good young Birmingham City side!!! On to Leek Saturday!!!
— Romulus FC (@Romulus_fc) December 1, 2015
BLUES : Weaver; Cotton, Mbende, Harding, Bernard; Brown, Baba, O’Neill (McDonald 62); McFarlane, Popa, Seddon (Cooper 62). Not used: Cogley, Trueman.
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