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"He was excellent, our best player by a long way and it's great to see him back with us." - Coventry City's Lee Glover

15 December 2015

The City coach was disappointed with the standard of defending during last night's 5-0 defeat against Hull City...

Coventry City Under-21s coach Lee Glover has praised striker George Thomas following the 5-0 defeat to Hull City.

The Sky Blues suffered a huge defeat at the hands of the Tigers at North Ferriby United as Greg Olley, Jarrod Bowen and Max Clark all scored.

George Thomas returned from his loan spell at Yeovil Town to play 90 minutes for the Under-21s whilst James Maddison also got a full game under his belt continuing his recovery from an ankle injury.

Glover was frustrated to see his side lose in the manner they did against the Tigers, saying the defending needs to improve.

Glover said: "It's a massive learning curve for the players. It was a poor performance but the standard of the team we're putting out, we're falling short at the moment.

"It was very frustrating because you've got to be able to deal with the balls from wide areas if you're ever going to make it in the first-team. 

"A lot of the goals were second phase goals were we haven't picked players up and we're not clearing the box quickly enough. These are simple things which they need to get right.

"When you come to places like this, you end up losing 3-0 or 4-0 and you learn. It's tough on the players at the moment but they need to pick themselves up quickly."

Thomas and Maddison had several chances in the second-half to put City on the scoresheet but keeper Max Watson kept City at bay on several occasions.

Glover had nothing but praise for Thomas and says the players should feel hurt after the loss.

He added: "He was excellent, our best player by a long way and it's great to see him back with the team and doing well. On another day, he scores a few goals.

"His work-rate and his link-play was brilliant all night and he didn't stop working until the final whistle which is great to see and he comes out of tonight's game with a lot of credit.

"The other positive is James Maddison getting 90 minutes under his belt. There are some positives to take, more in individual performances rather than anything else.

"The lads feel down at the moment and they should. It should mean something to them getting beat like that and we need to make sure that doesn't happen again."

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