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"I think we've all got much better recently with the exposure to the first-team environment." - Coventry City's Cian Harries

5 December 2014

The City Under-18s defender has also praised the work of Jason Farndon and Darren Murray ahead of tonight's game against Bournemouth...

Coventry City Under-18s defender Cian Harries believes the third round FA Youth Cup tie against AFC Bournemouth will be a 'great occasion'.

The Sky Blues travel to the Goldsands Stadium tonight to face the Cherries after City recorded a 4-3 win over Rochdale at Spotland in the second round.

The fixture, which kicks off at 6pm, was only confirmed on Tuesday this week as both clubs opted to play the game before a busy Christmas period.

Harries, who has featured regularly for the Under-21s this season, believes the preparation time won't matter and has praised the second-year group.

Harries said: "We haven't had much time to prepare for the game as it was only confirmed on Tuesday and some of us played on Monday for the Under-21s.

"It won't matter though as we're all really up for the FA Youth Cup. We've always been seen as a good age group when we were coming through the Academy.

"We've always liked to pass it as we've come up and I think we really enjoy being second-year apprentices to show the first-year's what's required.

"It's going to be a great occasion for us and I love playing at the stadiums. We've got to make sure we concentrate for the entire 90 minutes and it'll be great to keep a clean sheet."

Jason Farndon became Under-18s coach in the summer, taking over from Darren Murray who moved from Hearts in October 2013.

Harries has praised the impact of Farndon and Murray, and also believes the players are using last season's first-round exit against Crewe Alexandra as motivation.

He added:"The improvements since last year has really shown. Obviously, Darren (Murray) came in last season and it was a different coaching style to what we were used to.

"People had to adjust and some people adjusted better than others. Jason (Farndon) has took it on this year and we've known him for six years which always helps.

"I think we've all got much better over the two years with the exposure to the first-team environment on a regular basis.

"Last season's FA Youth Cup game against Crewe hurt us. We haven't had a run at this club for a while and we want to progress as far as we can.

"There's a new feel to the group this season with us lot as second-year's and the first-years. It's fresh start and we're ready for tomorrow night."

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