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"We need to develop a winning mentality this season. I'm excited by Kyle Spence." - Coventry City's Jason Farndon

22 August 2014

The City Under-18s coach hopes to see his team win as many games as possible during the 2014/15 season...

Coventry City Under-18s coach Jason Farndon has urged his young players to 'develop a winning mentality' and to play 'the right way' during the 2014/15 season.

The Under-18s started their season in fine style with a 3-0 win over Colchester United with goals from George Thomas, Cian Harries and Jordan Shipley.

The result means the Sky Blues currently sit at the top of the league on goal difference going into the second game of the season against Crewe Alexandra at the Alan Higgs Centre tomorrow.

In an exclusive interview with Sky Blues Player, Farndon hopes to see the continuation of development of young talent in the Under-18s side this season and has challenged his players to win as many games as possible.

The Under-18s coach said: "Of course, our main aim is to develop young players, at this crucial stage, to get into the first-team. But, we want to make sure we develop players who know how to win games.

"We've got some fantastic young footballers at this club but that is only one stage of being a footballer. They need to know how to win games by playing the right way and hopefully, we'll see that come through this season.

"It was a great start to the season where we won under difficult circumstances at Colchester United. They showed real character to come through the illness to win the game and I want to see that same desire and character throughout the season.

"We've got a difficult game against Crewe tomorrow. They will be a more difficult side to face than Colchester but we beat them in style last season so we'll be looking for a similar result."

The City Academy recently signed midfielder Kyle Spence as a second-year Academy scholar after a trial period and he was recently involved in the Under-21s' 0-0 draw against Swansea City on Wednesday.

The Under-18s admitted he was excited by Spence's signing and hopes to see big things from him this season.

He added: "It is a great signing for the side. He is in his second-year of Academy development and we brought him during the summer to have a look of him.

"Like everyone at that stage, he needs to work hard but I think he has a lot of ability which excites me. He adds a bit of pace and has great control.

"He has already familiar with the surroundings and to come into here where the Under-18s train directly with the first-team is a great experience."  

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