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"Obviously the manager is coming to watch them, first impressions count but they will play no differently." Coventry City's Jason Farndon

6 March 2015

The Sky Blues Under-18s coach believes Mowbray's presence at the game will not affect his players tomorrow...

Coventry City Under-18s coach Jason Farndon believes that tomorrow's game against Nottingham Forest is the most crucial of their season to date.

The young Sky Blues kick-off at 11:00am tomorrow and manager Tony Mowbray will be present to watch the Under-18s for the first time since he has taken charge.


Farndon believes that the manager's presence won't affect the players but he hopes to see the side bounce back from their 1-0 defeat to Leeds two weeks ago.

"It's possibly the most important game to date," Farndon said.

"I think we've got eight games left and they'll obviously be equally as important as we go down to the wire. Forest are a very good club, they're similar to ourselves in the fact that they really promote their youth players. They've done well in the youth cup this year and are on the back of a really good run.

"Obviously the manager is coming to watch them and I've spoken to the team about that. First impressions count of course, but the group will play no differently to usual. The boys have really matured and I'm looking forward to the manager seeing what a talented group of players they are."

The Under-18s have been severely stretched of late, but their injury crisis is easing up ahead of the game.

Callum Maycock is suspended but Farndon is hopeful of blooding some of his players who are coming back from injury in tomorrow's game.

He continued: "There is less pressure on the 18s squad with the first-team squad looking relatively injury free, obviously because of that we have been stretched over the past few weeks.

"We've been short staffed, I've helped with the 21s so we haven't had much time together of late.

"Obviously it's been a difficult week and a lot of change, but the lads are focussed and want to earn their professional deals.

"Results haven't been good of late, we went through a month with lots of injuries and 21s football so we couldnt work on shape and things like that.

"But we want a good performance tomorrow and hopefully we can return to the football we were playing earlier in the season."

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