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'He's caught the manager's eye' - Foster

7 April 2014

City Under-21s coach Ian Foster has also revealed he believes the Sky Blues should have won at St. Andrews....

Coventry City Under-21s coach Ian Foster has confirmed manager Steven Pressley has been taking notice of forward Louis Garner.

The Sky Blues were denied all three points at St. Andrews against Birmingham City despite an impressive brace by Academy product Garner. 

Garner did have the chance to seal all three points and the hat-trick against the Blues in the 84th minute but his penalty was well saved.

Foster admitted he has been encouraged by Garner's recent performances and believes there is still more to come. 

The Under 21s coach said: "He is playing through the centre of the pitch where he can have a real influence on the game and it has definitely improved his form.

"Over the last few games, we've seen him be more creative and especially today where he has worked very hard.

"He has done really well and he has caught the manager's eye for certain. He took the goals brilliantly today.

"All he has to keep doing is keep training hard every day and hope for that chance. He has never missed a training session and often does extra sessions so maybe he has benefited from that."

Goals from Birmingham City's Demarai Gray and Reece Brown made sure both sides claimed a point in an entertaining encounter.

Despite admitting frustration with the draw at St. Andrews, Foster has praised the players for their performance.

He added: "We didn't make one substitution today which meant they all had to stand up and be counted. They rose to the challenge and got better as the game went on.

"We'll have to take the point but I think anyone watching could see we were stronger in the second half and we had the chances to win the game.

"The fitness and desire was spot on. We've had a penalty saved and hit the bar in the last ten minutes which shows how hungry we were for it.

"It is definitely something the players can build on and I think it shows they're benefiting from the consistent fixtures. They can take what they've learnt from this game and go up to Huddersfield next week with plenty of confidence."

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