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"Wins breed confidence and the first-team are doing well so you get the knock on effect." Coventry City's Dave Hockaday

19 March 2015

The Professional Development coach was also delighted to hear the news of Chris Stokes' loan extension, saying there is a lot more to come from the defender...

Coventry City Professional Development coach Dave Hockaday was delighted with the manner of the Sky Blues Under-21s' 2-0 win over Barnsley.

City dominated the game and a Trialist scored twice to earn City three points at the Tykes' training complex.

Hockaday admitted that he had to tinker with a new system to get the best out of the players who he had on the pitch, but was pleased with their application and believes that the feel-good factor of the first-team winning back-to-back games has descended onto the Under-21s.

"We had an interesting line up today," Hockaday said,

"We had what we had and it's a system I've never played before. We quickly went through it beforehand and the players all applied themselves, we had a gameplan and it worked. It was a very comfortable 2-0 and I'm delighted with how we played, we passed it and passed it and I don't think some of the players have had as many touches as that in their lives! It's really encouraging.

"Wins breed confidence and as the first-team are doing well you get the knock on effect, everyone wants to be part of it. People are getting tired, we need everyone and if they play well they could be on the bench or even better, the carrots are there.

"Trialist played well, scored twice and at five foot nothing scored a header! He took the other one really and we'll have a look at him on Monday in the 21s, the games are coming thick and fast but he acquitted himself well with a good debut."

Hockaday, formerly of Forest Green, was also delighted with the news that Green defender Chris Stokes will be staying with the club until the end of the season.

But the Professional Development coach is adamant that there is a lot more to come from Stokes, who he has urged to keep up the good work in order to win a permanent deal.

He continued: "I am delighted for Chris, he has real pedigree having played for England 17s. 

"There are gems at conference level and Forest Green have been really good with him and us. I think that overall, Chris has come from conference games and he's done really well, particularly as he's played for a team not at the top end and against the likes of MK Dons and Sheffield United.

"But there is so much more to come from him I can assure you. He likes to overlap and it was his best game against Fleetwood on Tuesday, I'm sure he will keep working hard and only get better."

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