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Zigic Scores Against Leeds Again; Blues Dev Squad v Leeds Reflections

Birmingham City’s development squad comprehensively beat their Leeds United counterparts 2-0 at Wast Hills today thanks to goals from Nikola Zigic and Akwasi Asante.

Zigic opened the scoring in the sixth minute with a pearler of a goal, controlling the ball before delicately lobbing it over the keepers head from the edge of the area. Asante doubled the lead on 21 minutes slotting home from the right hand side after being played in by Zigic.

The lanky Serb showed no obvious signs of rustiness after his layoff with a back complaint and did a decent enough job winning the ball and leading the line. He looked a little miffed after taking a blow to the head in one challenge but he can be pleased enough with his overall contribution.

Asante had a quieter game in comparison – he didn’t really look like the bustling striker he has been in the past but he can be happy with how well he took his goal. David Murphy on the other hand looked like he had never been away in his first start in eleven months with a good display at left back against the dangerous Sam Byram and David Norris.

In the middle Kwadwo Asamoah showed his promise with a good display; consistently winning the ball and bursting forwards into the box and indeed the Ghanaian teenager was unlucky not to add a third after some good build up play on the right between Koby Arthur and substitute Reece Hales. His display contrasted with Scott Allan who seemed somewhat subdued and who struggled to impose his authority on the game.

Arthur too showed some brilliance – the backheel to play in Hales for the aforementioned chance was just sublime but he played too many passes short and drifted inside too often allowing Norris and Byram plenty of room to attack down the Leeds right.

At the back James Fry slotted into an unfamiliar right back role fairly well whilst Will Packwood and Nathaniel Kelly in the centre of defence were up to most of what was thrown at them, and both coped well with the change on the hour which saw Kelly shifted to left back and Fry join Packwood in the middle.

Team (4-4-2)

Nick Townsend; James Fry, David Murphy (Demarai Gray), Kwadwo Asamoah, Will Packwood, Nathaniel Kelly, Ryan Higgins, Koby Arthur, Akwasi Asante (Charlee Adams), Scott Allan, Nikola Zigic (Reece Hales)

subs not used: Callum Preston, Liam Truslove

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