It was certainly an eventful night for the U23’s last night.
Coach Neil Redfearn didn’t travel with the team to Villa Park after a huge bust up with academy boss Ben Dawson, and has since resigned leaving us looking for our fourth manager for the U23’s in two years.
We also lost 3-2 thanks to a 90th minute winner after Luke Charman twice levelled for us, but the big positive was that Florian Lejeune played 70 minutes and came through unscathed.
It was his second game back as he continues his (second) remarkable come back from his anterior cruciate ligament injury, with him playing 45 minutes last week in a 2-2 draw with Middlesborough’s reserves.
We really are blessed with depth and quality at centre back and in my opinion Lejeune is the best of the them. Having him and Schar bringing the ball out of defence will make a huge difference to us tactically, but having said that, Fernandez and Clark deserve to keep their places after recent displays so will they even get a game!
With the international break coming after next week end is it possibly conceivable that Lejeune could be ready to be involved at Villa on November 26th?
The defeat left us 4th bottom of Premier League 2 (division 2) and while the players are understood to be disappointed by Redfearn’s resignation, results have been very poor under the former Barnsley man, with only 4 wins in 13 games.