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"Jordan Clarke, Adam Barton and Billy Daniels all showed they can be an asset to this football club." - Coventry City's Darren Murray

14 October 2014

The City Under-21s coach believes the win shows the strength of the City side and wants to see the Under-21s continue to pick up results...

Coventry City Under-21s coach Darren Murray has praised the 'work-rate and attitude' of his side following the 2-0 win over QPR at Loftus Road.

The Sky Blues took 20 minutes to settle into the game but dominated the occasion thereafter with Ivor Lawton putting City ahead in the 35th minute.

City continued to dominate after the break and James Maddison netted his eighth goal of the season, including seven for the Under-18s, with a brilliant curling effort in the 58th minute.

QPR were top of the Under-21s Professional Development League 2 going into the game and Murray believes the Sky Blues can build on the result going forward.

Murray said: "We came down here with a game-plan, making a slight tweak to the system and it certainly worked for us. On the transition, we were excellent tonight.

"They hit the post in the first-half but we really came into the game and created so many chances. We could have won by a greater margin but it was really good to watch tonight and that was the Coventry City way.

"They're at the top of the league so this was a real test for us but I knew that we deserved to get more from our games this season so to see our efforts result in a win is great.

"We came here with little fear which is great to see with the young players we had out there. The challenge for us as a team is to continue winning whilst the challenge for some of these players is to break into the first-team."

Jordan Clarke, Billy Daniels, Adam Barton and Shaun Miller all completed 90 minutes for the Under-21s as they look to challenge for a starting spot in the first-team against Bristol City on Saturday.

With the win over QPR, the Under-21s have already bettered last season's points tally and Murray believes the aim should be to win as many games as possible.

He added: "The main target is always to make sure that these players are ready to challenge in the first-team and provide the first-team with an option.

"Jordan Clarke, Adam Barton and Billy Daniels dropped down into the side tonight and did really well. The application was really impressive.

"They all showed that they can be an asset to the football club but only with that attitude and application. Ivor Lawton comes into that category as well because we played him in midfield and he did well.

"The four more experienced players guided the young players through tonight. The young players added a lot of energy to our performance and we've got to aim to win as many games as possible."

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