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Rioch praises the Academy spirit

23 October 2012

The Academy Manager hopes the players learn from the Ricoh experience..

Coventry City Academy Manager Gregor Rioch hopes to see the Academy side put on 'a good show' against Shrewsbury Town in the FA Youth Cup tomorrow night.

City host the Shrews at the Ricoh Arena in the First Round of the cup, a competition the club last won back in 1987. 

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After a solid 2-2 draw at Leicester at the weekend, Rioch believes it was perfect preparation for what should be a memorable night for the young players.

The Academy boss said: “I thought we had done enough to win the game on Saturday as the lads played really well at times and dominated large parts of the game.

“But we could have ended up losing it so it was good for the lads to get that last minute equaliser which gives them plenty of confidence going into the game tomorrow.

“The spirit and the togetherness in the side was there for everybody to see in the celebrations after the goal which is important with a young side.

“They need to stick together tomorrow night at the Ricoh as it will be a tough game against Shrewsbury Town but I know if we can play we way I know we can play, then the lads will put on a good show.

“We want to put on a good show for the supporters who come down and watch the next generation.”

City have a young Academy side this season and have only claimed victory Wigan Athletic so far this season, despite scoring an impressive 15 goals.

With a trip to Leeds United next up for the Academy side in the League, Rioch has been pleased with the way the first-year apprentices have settled into the City Academy.

He added: “Coming into the Academy full-time from school is very tough so I have been really pleased the way the lads have settled in and got some hard work in.

“Some of the results have been a little bit stretched but in all fairness, they have applied themselves well and I am really pleased with the progression shown.

“We had a great result at the weekend and I think we can look to use that as a way of lifting ourselves for the next game against Leeds.”

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