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"It was by far the worst we've played, but their attitude and application was outstanding." Coventry City's Jason Farndon.

11 November 2014

The Under-18's boss also praised Cian Harries and George Thomas, who are expected to start for Wales Under-19's tomorrow...

Coventry City Under-18’s coach Jason Farndon has praised his side for their attitude in the 2-2 draw against Huddersfield Town on Saturday. 

City found themselves 2-0 down, but two late Bassala Sambou goals secured a point for the young Sky Blues who retained top spot in the Under-18’s Professional Development League 2.

Farndon was delighted with his side’s mentality to take a share of the spoils despite not being at their best and struggling for players due to injury.

“Huddersfield were the best team we’ve played this year,” Farndon said.

“They got the ball into the final third and played very good combination play. We’d watched them on the DVD and they were much better than we anticipated, they have lots of good players.

“It became a good point in the end - that was by far the worst we played all season technically. But their attitude and application was outstanding.

“But getting a result despite the performance is something we talked about after the game. Champions and top teams often go away from home and battle to get points, obviously scoring in the 90th minute was great from that point of view and we could even have nicked it at the death.

“We’ve massively struggled for players of late, we only had twelve again on Saturday. We do have a lot of injuries and we do lack a little bit of sharpness and creativity – which is understandable– we’ve played a lot of games recently.

“Devon Kelly-Evans is back from injury now and I’ve spoken to him, he was poor for the Under-18’s on Saturday but outstanding for the Under-21’s on Monday. One thing I said to everyone about Devon, is that when he is having a bad game and not playing well he digs in with a winning mentality and a work-rate every young player should have.”

In more positive news for the Academy, both George Thomas and Cian Harries are expected to start Wales Under-19's fixture against Portugal tomorrow after their call-ups for the games against the Portuguese, Albania and Denmark.

Farndon admitted he was surprised that they are expected to start but was full of praise for the young starlets as they capped off a good week for the Sky Blues Academy.

The Under-18’s boss added: “It’s great for the lads and they really deserve it.

“Their first game is tomorrow and they are expected to start, which is great as we didn’t think they would.

“Cian is the youngest of the Under-19’s I believe, so it’s amazing for both of them and it’s capped off a great week for the Academy, particularly with James Maddison playing well on Sunday and Jack Finch coming through too.”

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