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"Manchester City will be the biggest challenge. We want to show them what we can do." - Coventry City's Jason Farndon

13 January 2015

The City coach has refuted any suggestion that the Sky Blues will try and kill the contest but play like a 'good footballing team'...

Coventry City Under-18s coach Jason Farndon has earmarked the FA Youth Cup tie against Manchester City as the 'biggest challenge'.

The Under-18s go into the game on the back of an impressive derby victory at Birmingham City as goals from Bassala Sambou and Jordan Shipley sealed the win.

Farndon's side have beat Peterborough Northern Star, Rochdale and AFC Bournemouth to reach the fourth round and play at the Premier League's side new MCFC Academy stadium.

With many of the Under-18s regularly involved with the first-team, Farndon believes that experience will hold the side in good stead going into tomorrow's night game.

Farndon said: "It'll be the biggest challenge for most of the team. A lot of our side has and is involved with the first-team at the moment which will help them.

"Our boys get the experience of training with the first-team on a regular basis and they are challenged daily by not just myself but the gaffer.

"This will be another challenge in a nice new stadium against a team of international players. We're not expected to get anything but I'm sure the players will enjoy the underdog tag.

"It will be good for the manager to also see how they react to this situation in a crucial part of their development. It's a real test."

It is free entry for supporters at the MCFC Academy Stadium tomorrow night, with kick-off 7pm, with many City fans planning to make the journey north.

The City Under-18s coach admitted there are nerves in the camp but is eager for the players to show what they can do against the Citizens' team of internationals.

He added: "Nerves are great. The excitement along will get them through the first 20 minutes or so and we train at such an intensity that they will be raring to go.

"We're going to our game. We're not going to go up there and try and stop them playing and kill the contest. It isn't our way of doing things.

"We want to show we can play because we're a really good footballing team. I want them to show everybody what we're about.

"We want to show them, the manager and the supporters who are travelling up to the game what type of footballer we produce at Coventry City Academy."


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