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"I really feel for the lads as they deserved to get the three points." Coventry City's Jason Farndon

1 December 2014

The Sky Blues manager was dissapointed as his side conceded a controversial late penalty against Barnsley on Saturday, but was also pleased with the many positives on display...

Coventry City Under-18's coach Jason Farndon was dissapointed his side didn't pick up three points against Barnsley at the Alan Higgs Centre at the weekend.

Ben Stevenson gave the young Sky Blues the lead, before a controversial penalty was awarded against Kyle Barnett with five minutes to go which lead to the equaliser.

But Farndon believes that while the penalty decision against his side was harsh, there were plenty of positives for his young side to take from the game.

"We dominanted possession, it looked like they were coming to contain us," Farndon said.

"But again we had 12 Under-18's players and we've coped well with the circumstances. We definitely deserved to win the game, they didn't really trouble us massively. We spoke to their coaches after the game and they were very complimentary, it was a good away point for them so credit to them.

"The penalty was soft to say the least. I spoke to the referee after the game and actually bumped into him at the Ricoh - we showed him the footage! But we shook hands and moved on, it's football but I really feel for the lads as they deserved to get the three points."

There was yet more positive news for the academy over the weekend, as both James Maddison and Dion Kelly-Evans were both on the bench for the first-team for the Midlands derby with Walsall.

Farndon was pleased to see the pair involved with the first-team as they prepare for their next fixture in Sheffield against Sheffield Wednesday.

He added: "The lads will see we have slipped down the league but there are still many positives, we're still third and we'll continue to work hard on the system ahead of our trip to Sheffield on Saturday.

"It was great to see James Maddison and Dion Kelly-Evans were both on the bench for the first-team on Saturday, which is testament to what we're doing here. The players know the manager will trust young players, so hopefully they'll continue to impress as we continue to work hard."

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