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"We hope the more games they win, the more they continue to believe in themselves." - Coventry City's Jamie Clapham

1 September 2015

The City first-team coach was delighted with the levels of performance after their third win of the season...

Coventry City first-team coach Jamie Clapham has praised the Under-21s' winning mentality after the 2-0 win over Crewe Alexandra.

The Under-21s have now won three of the opening four games and sit third in the table behind Nottingham Forest and Hull City.

Jordan Shipley's first-half header and substitute Jak Hickman's close-range finish sealed victory for the Sky Blues as defender Aaron Martin got an important 90 minutes.

Clapham has praised the performance and admits he is enjoying watching the group progress after the win at Ryton training ground.

Clapham said: "It's always about the development of individuals in the side but obviously, it does become a little bit easier when they've got that winning habit.

"It is a group which is full of players who are hungry to progress and make an impact at this club, and at the moment, they're having a right go.

"There were a lot of really good performances in the side, with players just off the first-team picture to players who are stepping up from the Under-18s.

"It was nice to see them keep a clean sheet as well as Crewe have proven in the past what a difficult side they can be to play."

Conor Thomas started for the Under-21s on his comeback from a mild concussion sustained at Nottingham Forest, wearing a head guard to protect his head.

Jack Finch also came off during the second-half with an ankle injury and Clapham confirmed he'll be assessed in the coming days.

He added: "We hope the more games they win, the more they continue to believe in themselves and enjoy their football as well.

"There's plenty of positives to come out of today so it was a shame to see Jack Finch come off with an injury to his ankle.

"It was an unfortunate challenge which didn't look serious but it was pretty swollen so the physios will look over it over the next few days."

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