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"The players have to believe in themselves a little bit more. Delighted with the work-rate." - Coventry City's Lee Glover

9 November 2015

The Sky Blues suffered a 2-1 defeat at the Alan Higgs Centre but Glover has seen the positives in the performance....

Coventry City Under-21s coach Lee Glover believes the injury situation has had a knock-on effect after the 2-1 defeat to Leeds United.

The Sky Blues started with seven Under-18s on the pitch as Ivor Lawton and Devon Kelly-Evans are both long-term absentees whilst Cian Harries was training with the Wales Under-19 squad.

Bassala Sambou opened the scoring but goals from Luke Parkin and Casper Sloth either side of the break earned the Whites all three points.

Despite the loss, Glover was quick to praise the performance of his young side and wants the young players to believe in themselves slightly more.

Glover said: "It was a good performance. You look at the squad we've got out and we've got a lot of second-year and first-year Academy players out there.

"Leeds brought an experienced side so it was always going to be a good test for us and I felt the lads stood up to it really well.

"We'll watch it back and see where we can improve. Sometimes, the players have to believe in themselves a little bit more and that'll come.

"If you look at the week some of the players have had, it's a positive one. Dion, Ben and Bassala were all involved on Saturday which is a great boost for them."

Leeds had a number of professionals playing and Glover believes the test will be good for them in the future.

He continued: "It has a knock-on effect. We've got a few injuries in the building and across the board which means that we're really young.

"It takes it toll further down as well because the Under-18s were really young on Saturday but it is what it is and every club goes through these phrases in a long season.

"We've had to play people who might not be ready for the Under-21s this week but it'll be good for their development. You don't want to give them too much too soon but it's good for them.

"They've played against a number of seasoned professionals today and it will stand them in good stead for the future."

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