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"Hopefully, we can keep the feel good factor running through the whole club." - Coventry City's Jamie Clapham

10 August 2015

The City coach has praised the mentality of the Under-21s side who came from behind to secure the Bluebirds win...

Coventry City's first-team coach Jamie Clapham was delighted with the mentality shown by the Under-21s, as City came from behind to secure three points.

Rhys Healey had put the Bluebirds ahead at the Ricoh Arena but midfielder Ben Stevenson leveled for the Sky Blues just after half-time.

In stoppage time, a free-flowing move from the home side ended when Dion Kelly-Evans' low effort found the bottom corner to give City the win.

Clapham, who was in charge of the side, was delighted that the team's quality shone through and they got the result they deserved.

Clapham said: "It was a difficult game for us. We changed the shape in the second-half and I think it showed as the performance levels went up.

"We're looking to develop that winning mentality at the club and develop the players as individuals as well, and I think they showed a lot of character today.

"We wanted to play a bit more open and take a few risks but I think the quality of individuals came forward in one v one battles and we rose above it.

"They've worked really hard during pre-season and they've impressed everyone at the club so I'm delighted they got their rewards."

The Under-21s victory follows the first-team's 2-0 win over Wigan Athletic at the weekend and Clapham wants to keep the 'feel good' factor going. 

He added: "Hopefully, it's the start of a turning point for the club and we can get a feel good factor running through the whole club.

"Cardiff had a formation which caused us a few problems but I'm not going to stand there and shout as I want them to work out the problems for themselves.

"Young players have to learn how to counter-act the opposition and I think we developed that as the game went on. It's about understanding the game as well as playing it.

"Of course, going forward, we've got to make sure these players are getting the right minutes on the pitch and it's a great start to the season."

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