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"I can't wait to play Manchester City. We're all buzzing about it and it'll be a great game." - Coventry City's George Thomas

13 January 2015

The Under-18s striker was happy to get some valuable first-team minutes against Swindon Town last night and looks ahead to the Youth Cup...

Coventry City Under-18s striker George Thomas has admitted he can't wait for the FA Youth Cup Manchester City tie after the 3-0 defeat to Swindon Town.

The Sky Blues Academy striker, who has scored 12 goals in all competitions this season, came on in the second-half for Simeon Jackson at the Ricoh Arena last night.

City were beaten at home for the first time since November against the high-flying Robins as Thomas made his second appearance of the season in the first-team.

Despite the result, Thomas was delighted to get onto the pitch and admitted it was a great experience for him to play against the league-leaders.

Thomas said: "I was delighted to get on the pitch even though it was a really difficult night for the team. They are a really quality side so it is a good experience for me.

"I was just happy to be on the bench and I never expected to come on. I played against Exeter City in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy this season and first-team experience is great for my progression.

"I played on Saturday against Birmingham and we've got a game on Wednesday against Manchester City and that is now my next focus and we've got to move on from this result.

"It was a great result on Saturday. Always nice to win a derby against Birmingham in what are always difficult conditions at Wast Hills and it sets us up nicely for tomorrow."

Thomas played the entire 90 minutes on Saturday as the Under-18s moved into second position in the league with a 2-1 win over Birmingham City at Wast Hills.

The striker believes it sets the team up nicely for the trip to Manchester City tomorrow and says playing in the new MCFC Academy Stadium will add an extra factor.

He added: "We work really hard on the tactics and making sure we don't just play a certain way but we understand the way we're playing and you can see with the results we've had this season, it's helped.

"I can't wait to be honest, it's going to be a great game and we're all buzzing about it. There are one or two nerves going into it but that is good and will raise our intensity.

"They've got loads of internationals and some extremely good players but it will be good to see what we can do against them and see where we're at.

"We're looking forward to playing in their new stadium to be honest. It definitely adds something and it would be nice to see as many fans there as possible."

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