Glover pleased with the progression of Aaron Martin as the defender gives an authoritative performance in the Sky Blues' U-21s side...
Under-21s coach, Lee Glover picked out Aaron Martin and Aaron Phillips as the stand-out performers in the wake of his side’s narrow 2-1 defeat to Birmingham City.
The Sky Blues’ development side fielded an experienced starting XI, including centre-back Aaron Martin who is continuing to recover from a lengthy spell on the sideline with an ankle injury.
The 26-year old commanded the back-line well, was vocal throughout and used his experience to marshal City’s defensive third. Glover highlighted the defender's performance when he spoke after the game:
“I thought the two Aaron’s were outstanding. Both Phillips and Martin. Martin very decisive, very dominant in the air. Phillips got forward well.”
Jack Finch marked his substitute appearance with a goal to level for City in the 82nd minute and it would have earned the visitors a point had it not have been for an Alex Jones’ winner two minutes from time.
Glover said: “We’re very disappointed we didn’t get anything out the game. We’ve had a mix up with 88-minutes gone - a run of the mill ball in to the box and we haven’t dealt with it.
“I put it down to a lack of concentration, lack of decision making and we’re getting punished for it.”
Despite some positive performances from the Sky Blue youngsters, the defeat marks their sixth loss in seven games. Glover may feel his team have been hard done by of late, with a string of positive performances yielding only one point from a possible 21:
“There were some good performances today - the minimum we should have come away with is a point.
“Good finish [from Jack Finch] and a good ball from Bigi. Dion was his usual self, he has been a great player for us this season.
“Some games in the past we have been up against it, not today - we performed very well today and the minimum we deserve is a point.,” he added.
Glover will be hoping to reverse his sides fortune when they travel to Bolton in a weeks time.