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"The team deserve so much praise as everyone stood up to the challenge. Looking forward to the next round." - Coventry City's James Maddison

6 December 2014

The City midfielder admitted the young Sky Blues could have managed the game better but can't wait for the next round...

Coventry City midfielder James Maddison has praised the team work-ethic following the 3-2 win in the FA Youth Cup at AFC Bournemouth.

The young Sky Blues qualified for the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup after extra time at the Goldsands Stadium.

James Maddison notched a double either side of Ben Stevenson's powerful second-half effort as City went through, despite being pegged back twice.

The 18-year old midfielder expressed his delight with the result and praised the Under-18s side for the performance.

Maddison said: "Delighted to get through to the next round. We looked really good at times against a strong Bournemouth side.

"We controlled the game but we knew it wouldn't be easy and they kept coming back at us. 

"Can't really praise the team enough as we dug in and made sure we got the result we needed. We fully deserved the win.

"Sometimes, you see teams who keep getting pegged back lose but we didn't let that happen and we're all really proud."

A late strike from Bournemouth defender Jordan Lee meant the tie went into extra time despite City's second-half dominance.

Maddison believes the side could have managed the game better and says he enjoys the midfield role, despite featuring for the first-team up front.

He added: "I think we've got to manage the game better but we're all still young and we're all still learning so it will come.

"I do prefer midfield as I can influence a game much more from midfield. I'm always more involved and I prefer that. 

"I think I'm at my best when I've got the ball at my feet. However, wherever I'm asked to play, I'll play and very happy with my two goals.

"The team deserve so much praise tonight as everyone stood up and was counted. We showed the grit and determination and we're looking forward to the next round."

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