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"It is to be able to go home at night and know that you've given your best. We showed that desire." - Coventry City's Darren Murray

22 October 2014

The City Under-21s coach has also praised the response of the players having seen the first-team lose 4-1 at Oldham Athletic last night...

Coventry City Under-21s coach Darren Murray has praised the performances of Under-18s starlets Cian Harries and Dion Kelly-Evans after the 2-0 win over Bristol City.

The Sky Blues were dominant at Liberty Way against the Robins as Marcus Tudgay's first-half penalty and George Thomas' superb second-half finish secured the points.

It was City's second consecutive victory in the Professional Development League 2 North having recorded their first win of the season at QPR last week.

Murray was delighted with the three points, saying his side deserved the win, and praised Under-18s duo Cian Harries and Dion Kelly-Evans. 

The City coach said: "Delighted with the application and the performance from the boys. I thought we were really good value for the win as we started on the front foot and were defensively brilliant.

"You can put on as many training ground sessions as you want but when it comes down to it, it is all about desire and I thought we showed that today so really pleased.

"It's another clean sheet. Both Cian and Dion were excellent. We're asking a lot of our young players at the moment in terms of their game-time but they're responding brilliantly even though we've got to strike a balance.

"The Under-18s are flying at the moment, at the top of their league and the young lads show it. They were fantastic today and they need to keep up their progression."

The vast majority of the Under-21s side travelled to Boundary Park to witness City's disappointing 4-1 defeat against Oldham Athletic last night.

Murray admitted everyone at the club is 'hurting' from the result but praised the response from the players in the Under-21s against the Robins and the assistance of Brian Reid.

He added: "There is nothing better than winning football matches and it was disappointing what happened at Oldham. No-one is hurting more than the gaffer, Neil (MacFarlane) and everyone down at the training ground.

"We want to win games of football and having seen what happened last night, the players have responded in a great manner. 

"We showed that desire and hunger. It is to be able to go home at night and know that you've given your best at what you do and right now, we've got to find it throughout the club.

"The good thing about the group just now is that I've got Brian Reid helping me and he's a good guy to have around the group as he was a professional defender who knows what it takes."

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