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"It is important we get a reaction. Ipswich will present us with the toughest test." - Coventry City's Jason Farndon

16 October 2014

The City Under-18s coach also believes playing a young player out of their position can be beneficial...

Coventry City Under-18s coach Jason Farndon believes Ipswich Town could present the 'toughest test' this season ahead of the game on Saturday.

The Sky Blues are top of the Professional Development League 2 North table, despite suffering a 5-3 defeat against Millwall last week, their first loss of the season. 

Ipswich have also started the season strongly, currently sitting third in the table having won four games already this season.

Having been disappointed to see City's first defeat of the season, Farndon wants to see a positive reaction on Saturday.

The City Under-18s coach said: "Ipswich have started the season really well. They'll be a strong side as they recruited during the summer looking to be a Category One Academy but they didn't quite get there.

"They brought a lot of players and have quite a few internationals so they will present a real challenge to us. 

"It is important we get a reaction. We've looked back through the Millwall game and talked about our character and our commitment.

"In possession, we played well but it was out of possession and in defence where we weren't good enough. That needs to improve and I'll expect to see that at the weekend."

Farndon admitted he will make a few changes following the defeat and believes playing young players out of possession can be beneficial for their development.

He added: "We'll make a few changes to the side but we haven't had a settled starting XI all season as we like to mix it up and see what players can do in other positions.

"I don't think playing someone out of position hinders their development but we do have to make sure a player plays enough time in his own position.

"There is a balance. You've got to give every player a chance to stake a claim in their own position but as they're young players, it can be really beneficial for them to play in other positions.

"For example, Dion Kelly-Evans has played on the left a lot this season despite being right-footed. We've seen him play really well this season and his left foot is getting stronger which will be great for his skill base."


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