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"If we're going to win the league this season, it will depend on the goals against. We've been brilliant." - Coventry City's Jason Farndon

6 October 2014

The City Under-18s coach has also praised James Maddison and Ben Stevenson for their performances in midfield this season...

Coventry City Under-18s coach Jason Farndon has praised the team's defensive performance after the weekend's 5-0 win over QPR.

The Sky Blues continued their incredible start to the season as George Thomas scored a first-half hat-trick to seal City's fifth win of the season.

Farndon's City have now scored 25 goals in seven games and have only conceded seven as they kept their third clean sheet of the season against the North London side.

The City Under-18s coach lauded the Sky Blues' defending whilst praising the 'mature' response from defenders Callum Maycock and Jacob Whitmore.

Farndon said: "I'm really pleased with the performance and particularly pleased at the defensive performance because if we're going to win the league this season, it will be the goals against us which will settle it.

"We learned a lot from the Tuesday game where we had plenty of them involved at Halesowen Town and we've brought it into today's game. The passing and intensity was the best I've seen it this season.

"Callum Maycock and Jacob Whitmore responded well with great performances. They both had difficult weeks in the Senior Cup and the Under-21s but the response was extremely mature.

"We've got to be relentless in our style of play and believe the type of football we want to play is the right way and we did that today."

George Thomas has now scored eight goals in the first seven games of the season but he's been closely followed by captain James Maddison on seven goals.

Maddison has recently dropped into a midfield role and Farndon has praised him and his midfield partner Ben Stevenson, who also scored against QPR. 

He added: "James Maddison was outstanding again today. I'm not surprised by any of his performances and since we've dropped him into that midfield position, he's been brilliant.

"He has a great attitude and approach to the game. He has really began to lead the side but it is important to remember that Ben Stevenson is next to him.

"He doesn't get the accolades that James gets but he does a lot of great work for the side and got a deserved goal against QPR. He pushes the team forward and puts us on the front foot which is crucial.

"The team keep improving and if we continue to look at everything we do and find ways to improve, we're going to make ourselves extremely difficult to beat."

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