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"If you look back on the chances we had, 8-4 would probably be a fair scoreline." - Coventry City's Jamie Clapham

14 September 2015

The City coach also praised the performances of Conor Thomas and Adam Jackson who only signed for the club today...

Coventry City first-team coach Jamie Clapham believes the Under-21s should have claimed all three points in an entertaining game at the Ricoh Arena.

George Thomas notched a brace whilst Lateef Elford-Alliyu scored for the Sky Blues in the 3-3 draw against ten-men QPR who had defender James Haran sent off in the closing stages.

Thomas and Elford-Alliyu had numerous chances to add to their tally in an open contest but the Sky Blues didn't make chances tell as they failed to claim their fourth win of the season.

After the match, Clapham admits their was disappointment not to get all three points but said there were plenty of positives as well.

Clapham said: "If you look back on the chances, 8-4 would probably be a fair scoreline. Sometimes, you get those games in Under-21s football.

"We scored three but we definitely shouldn't have conceded three. I was pleased with a lot of aspects of the game and a lot of individuals.

"Our Under-21s train with the first-team and I think you can see how much that develops them. They seem to thrive playing at the Ricoh Arena as well.

"George Thomas got two goals and played really well but if you look at his all-round performance, he probably should have scored four. His attitude and application is top draw so no doubt he'll be working on that."

Conor Thomas continued his impressive form for the Under-21s next to Bryn Morris in central midfield as Adam Jackson started at centre-back after he signed a one-month emergency loan deal.

He added: "Conor is a brave lad and it is something we've talked about with him. The gaffer has pointed out one or two aspects of his game he has got to improve and he's working really hard.

"I've worked with Adam before at Middlesbrough and he's played a lot of football at Under-21s level, the top end of Under-21s. 

"He's a good defender who can play out from the back and likes the challenge of doing it from centre-back. He balanced off Cian Harries, who technically is one of the best centre halves on the ball, and really complemented each other."


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