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"The future is looking brighter than I thought it might have been. I came away heartened." - Coventry City's Tony Mowbray

31 March 2015

The City manager also shared his thoughts on James Maddison after he watched him play for the first time...

Coventry City manager Tony Mowbray has praised the Under-21 performance against Ipswich Town and was happy to see James Maddison return to action.

The Sky Blues Under-21s team traveled to Portman Road last night and recorded a 1-0 win over the Tractor Boys thanks to George Thomas' second-half strike.

It was a impressive display from Dave Hockaday's side who welcomed James Maddison back from injury for his first taste of action since December.

Mowbray, who was watching in the stands in Suffolk, couldn't single out one player for praise and was happy with the style of play.

The City boss said: "It was a great performance. It was a great occasion for a lot of our young players as it is a lovely pitch at Portman Road and they used it brilliantly.

"It was the first time I've seen young James Maddison play in a game and it's obvious the boy has a lot of talent to go with his confidence.

"Not just Maddison though as George Thomas was good, Blair Turgott was good, Conor Thomas was good and many others performed really well. Ryan Haynes created the goal and Cian Harries was fantastic as well.

"I sat with Mick McCarthy and talked about a lot of good young players. They played expansive football on a good pitch and it was really pleasing to watch."

Conor Thomas has found himself waiting for a first-team opportunity as impressive performances from John Fleck and Grant Ward have kept the Academy graduate out of the side.

The 21-year old played an important role in the win last night and it didn't go un-noticed as Mowbray outlined his preparation plans for Wednesday's game against Leyton Orient.

He added: "I think the most pleasing thing for me is that I saw players potentially able to challenge in the first-team. Conor Thomas showed why he had done so well at such a young age and played in the first-team over 100 times.

"It was the first time I'd seen his talent on show and young Jack Finch as well was really powerful and strong. I came away heartened by what I had seen and thinking the future is looking brighter than I thought it might have been.

"We've got our preparation sorted. We played a bit of head tennis yesterday and we'll do a bit of tactical work today, but we'll walk through it as you've got to look after them at this stage in the season.

"When there is an expectation and an intensity on the game, you can't over do it with them in training. We need them sharp for the match tomorrow."

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