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"We're excited about the FA Youth Cup but our focus is fully on the league and Millwall tomorrow." - Coventry City's Jason Farndon

10 October 2014

The City Under-18s coach believes Millwall present a difficult test for City who look to keep their unbeaten season going...

Coventry City Under-18s coach Jason Farndon has praised duo George Thomas and James Maddison after their substitute appearances for the first-team in midweek.

The Under-18s travel to Millwall tomorrow having enjoyed an unbeaten start to the season, winning five of their seven games, scoring 25 goals.

City recorded a 5-0 win over QPR in their last game before Maddison and Thomas featured in the 3-1 win over Exeter City in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy on Tuesday.

Steven Pressley's side ended the Cup game with nine of the 11 players from the City Academy and Farndon has praised his Under-18s players for stepping up.

Farndon said: "I was delighted for George and James. They fully deserve it as well as Cian Harries who was named in the match-day squad for the first time which we're delighted about.

"There are lots of our players who around the first team at the moment. To have nine Academy products on the pitch at the end of the game was a great moment and for everyone involved with a player's development at the Academy, it is the best part of the job.

"We've had a week of refocusing as it is really easy for young players to get carried away with themselves. We need them to keep pushing themselves and work hard at everything they do.

"Millwall are a big side in terms of physciality. We watched them when they played Birmingham and we think it will be a tough game, especially away from home."

City were drawn against Peterborough Northern Star or Grantham Town in the first round of the FA Youth Cup which will be played before November 8th, 2014. 

Farndon believes both sides will present a difficult test for the Sky Blues but says the focus is firmly on the league at the moment.

He added: "We're all excited about the FA Youth Cup this year. We went to Halesowen last week in the Birmingham Senior Cup and we found out how difficult it can be to play against non-league teams.

"We'll approach it in the right way and we'll be really up for it. There isn't a target really but we want to make sure we progress as much as our ability deserves.

"In the league, we want to win as many games as we can and we take that attitude into the Youth Cup. We want to progress further than we did last season.

"If we could test ourselves against some of the bigger teams this season, it'd be great but for now, we're fully focused on the league and Millwall tomorrow."


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