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"It was a vast improvement on the Swansea City game. Coulibaly was like night and day today." - Coventry City's Darren Murray

25 August 2014

The City Under-21s coach has also praised the performance of Mohamed Coulibaly during the 2-2 draw against Sheffield United...

Coventry City Under-21s coach Darren Murray has praised Mohamed Coulibaly's performance during the 2-2 draw against Sheffield United.

After a goalless first-half, Dion Kelly-Evans followed up his goal for the Under-18s on Saturday with a well-worked goal before Luke Berry's header leveled the tie in the 58th minute. 

George Thomas put City back in front with 22 minutes remaining but Dominic Calvert-Lewin secured a point for the Blades late on despite Kyle Spence's late effort.

Murray praised the levels of effort from the young Under-21s side and believes the performance was a 'major step' in the right direction.

The City Under-21s coach said: "It was definite improvement on the Swansea City performance and I pleased with the levels of hard work we've seen from the young side today.

"In terms of the balance in midfield and the shape, it was much better and more of what we want to see from the Under-21s. We worked on the set-pieces and the shape this morning, and that definitely paid off.

"We're disappointed with the nature of the goals we conceded as they're both headers and that is something we will highlights in training.

"However, given that many of these players played 90 minutes on Saturday for the Under-18s, it was a great effort and the goals we scored were extremely pleasing."

Simeon Jackson played 60 minutes for the Sky Blues as he continues to regain match fitness following his free transfer to City last week.

Coulibaly played 80 minutes for the Sky Blues as he continues his comeback from injury and Murray said it was a much-improved performance from the Bournemouth loanee.

He added: "Coulibaly was like night and day from his performance last week. He showed he understood the system a lot more, a system which can be difficult to get used to.

"We've done a bit of video analysis work with him and the gaffer, and you could see the difference the analysis makes.

"It is a daily thing we do at the club and it has paid dividends. He showed good skill but also drove forward from midfield with the ball which is always good to have in the side."

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