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"The performance was a joy to watch. It has been a great start to the season but plenty to build on." - Coventry City's Jason Farndon

25 August 2014

The Under-18s coach has also praised the application of defender Kyle Barnett since returning in pre-season...

Coventry City Under-18s coach Jason Farndon has praised the side's start to the 2014/15 season after a 2-1 win Crewe Alexandra.

The Sky Blues followed up their opening day 3-0 away win against Colchester United with an impressive win against the Alex at the Alan Higgs Centre.

Kyle Spence put City ahead in the final moments in the first-half with a well-worked team goal before Dion Kelly-Evans secured the three points with a 75th minute strike.

Crewe grabbed a late consulation goal in the 83rd minute but City went on to secure maximum points from the first two games of the season.

Under-18s coach Farndon said: "It was a fantastic first-half performance from the side. Everything me and the gaffer speak of, in terms of playing style and the system, was brilliant.

"It was an improvement on the Colchester United performance because even though we won, I thought we were a little bit too direct at times. We kept the ball brilliantly and made it really difficult for them to get at us.

"We had a lot of chances and it could have more. The system working well even though we're playing players out of position. Dion Kelly-Evans is one of those players playing in his natural position and it was good to see him get a goal. 

"The performance in the first-half was a joy to watch at times and there are plenty of encouraging signs going forward."

The Under-18s defence have only conceded one goal in their first three games and Farndon praised the defensive trio of Luke Bromley, Kyle Barnett and Cian Harries, especially the Barnett's application since returning for pre-season.

He added: "They've defended heroically again and the really encouraging thing for me was to see the way they reacted to conceding the goal as you could tell they wanted a clean sheet.

"They're working really well as a three as it gives us a natural balance as Cian is a left-footed centre-back playing on the left of the three with Luke playing on the right.

"With Kyle Barnett, he's come into the system late in terms of the City Academy and last year was his first full year at the club.

"He went away in the summer after a tough year and he's got really fit. It is a credit to him as he has almost become a new player. It is like a new signing to us."

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