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'Hectic month is a lesson' - Foster

27 March 2014

The Under-21s coach Ian Foster has praised his side's performance despite the 2-1 defeat at Leeds United....

Coventry City Under-21s coach Ian Foster has urged his side to take the positives from the 2-1 defeat at Leeds United.

The Sky Blues started were dominant in the first half-hour of the game and deservedly went ahead through Louis Garner.

Lewis Walters levelled for the Whites five minutes before half-time and Affy Coker headed home with 25 minutes remaining to secure the home win for Leeds. 

Foster, who saw his side dominate large periods of the game, believes the players will pick themselves up quickly from today's defeat.

The Under-21s coach said: "I'm sure they will get the disappointment of losing that game out of their systems very quickly.

"It is a difficult one to take for the boys because I thought we were outstanding for long periods of the game and deserved more.

"I was just speaking to Neil Redfearn (Leeds United U21s coach) and he said how he can see the difference in the side from the last time we played them.

"That's what it is all about. We want them to improve and some of the passages of play we had proves we are doing that."

The young City side included six Under-18s players as the City management staff continue to try and progress the Academy players up to a higher level.

The under-21s will play Huddersfield Town next week and Foster believes the hectic March schedule will be valuable in their progression.

He added: "This has been a difficult month for them as a lot of the players are always involved in either the first team or Under-18s set-up.

"We've got another game next week so this will be a great learning curve for them on how to deal the pressures a month like this brings.

"I'm sure the players will be hoping to turn these good performances into results over the next few weeks and I'm sure if we keep going the way we are, that will be the case."

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