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"Cian Harries has shown great desire to play today. The second-half was a horror show for us." - Coventry City's Dave Hockaday

23 April 2015

The City coach has also been impressed with the Sky Blues' recent form after just one defeat in seven matches after Terriers draw...

Coventry City professional development coach Dave Hockaday has praised Cian Harries' attitude after the 2-2 draw at the Ricoh Arena against Huddersfield Town.

The Sky Blues raced into a two-goal lead before the break when Blair Turgott slid the ball under the keeper just before the half-hour, and the trialist added a second moments later.

The Terriers came back strong in the second-half as Conor Coughlan pulled one back in the 57th minute and Joe Wilkinson leveled the tie late on.

Hockaday was disappointed with the way City let the away side back into the game and believes the young players need to learn from it.

Hockaday commented: "I'm disappointed with the result as we played some great football in the first-half and showed some of the momentum we've built up over recent weeks.

"We were up 2-0 against the second best team in the league and it could have been much more. In the second-half, we just went out and played football, rather than playing to win.

"We invited pressure and they were both horrendous goals to concede, especially in the 44th minute of the second-half. It was poor and we've got to learn to win games.

"It is a habit which needs to be taught and the players need have to work on it. They are young men learning the game and it is a cruel lesson in football."

Harries started for City at centre-back despite playing for Wales' Under-19s against Germany this week and Hockaday has praised his desire.

He added: "I was really impressed with Cian's desire and commitment today. He played 90 minutes for his national side in midweek and then expressed a desire to play.

"I told him to go home and eat right and mentally prepare for the game. He has shown a fantastic attitude to play and 90 minutes as well. I'm sure he'll be feeling it at the moment but he can be proud of his efforts.

"Despite the second-half performance, I'm delighted with the way our form has been solid over recent weeks as it's just one loss in seven games now.

"They're a great group of young players who definitely have the potential to progress into the first-team and we should be very excited by that."

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