Steve Bould spoke to Arsenal.com after the Under-18s' 3-2 defeat to Chelsea at London Colney on Saturday.

on the result…
It was a disappointing result but I thought it was a hell of a good football match and it gave us problems we don't generally have in this country. Chelsea, I thought in the first half especially, kept the ball really well and had a lot of possession which is something we aren't too used to. It posed us problems we don't normally get and, although it might sound stupid, I thought we actually played better in the second half.

I think the two centre halves maybe just came off their game a little bit and started to let the ball bounce, which cost us in the end. In the first half we didn't give them too many chances at all even though they had more of the ball. We had more of the ball in the second half but they created a few more chances. That was the disappointment.

on the goals conceded…
I'm particularly disappointed with them yes, especially the third one. It was a poor header. But it was leading up to that because the centre backs let the ball bounce a few times and weren't winning clean headers in the second half. We kept the ball a lot better but we didn't create an awful lot in the second half.

on scoring at good times…
I was thinking that at 2-1, although we hadn't had a lot of the ball, we had done well there. But we did create quite a few chances in the first 10 minutes and Philip Roberts missed two or three chances before we did score. In terms of a development match though I thought it was a terrific game. They are a good side with some very good players - you just have to look at the kid they have just paid big money for up front [Patrick Bamford]. That is the level we have to compete at and it was a great game for us.

on Chelsea's direct tactics…
It maybe caught us out a little bit and I don't think the two centre backs maybe dealt with it as they should have done. I mentioned it to them and it is part of their learning. It was a good game but a disappointing result in terms of the league because we obviously want to win. It is a learning curve for us.

on Afobe's appearance…

It is [nice to see him back] although I wish he wasn't playing for us because I think he has moved on. But he needed half an hour so we gave it to him and it is great for him. He wasn't tested like he probably wanted to be but hopefully he will move onto the Reserves now and his career will shoot where we hope it is going to go.

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