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“The lads need to develop that mental strength and see the job through” – Coventry City’s Lee Glover.

2 February 2016

Tony Mowbray also travelled to watch the Sky Blues Under-21 side in action as he looks to bolster his squad for the away trip to Port Vale on Sunday...

The Sky Blues Under-21s side were narrowly beaten 1-0 by a Leeds United side that boasted five first team squad members, in Monday’s encounter at the Thorp Arch Training Ground. 

Five of the Leeds United U21 starters were part of the first team side that beat Bolton Wanderers 2-1 in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday. 

Lewie Coyle and Tom Adeyemi, who both enjoyed good games against the Sky Blues, made substitute appearances for the Whites at the weekend.

Coventry City U21s coach, Lee Glover was pleased that the young Sky Blues’ squad were equal to the physicality of the game but also highlighted areas for improvement.

Glover said: “I thought it was a physical game. I thought our lads dealt with it quite well.

“When we were on top, we created and got in good positions but the decision-making was poor. 

“We’ve got a young squad. We’ve come away, as we did do at Crewe and Barnsley, and we have played well and not won again.”

The Under-21s side are now on a run of four defeats in the league and three without a goal, but will take confidence from a spirited performance against an experienced Leeds United side.

Glover added: “We have to take our chances, that was the main thing to take from today. 

“Scoring goals is probably the hardest element of the game and unfortunately we didn’t make the right decisions in the right areas today.

“We need to work on our decision making at the crucial moment, some of our build up play was good but we are lacking the right end product.”

Sky Blues manager, Tony Mowbray also made the trip to Leeds to watch the youth team and can be encouraged by some individual performances.

Glover finished by saying: “I think Ryan [Haynes] did okay today, he worked hard, attitude was good. 

"He’s played a lot of first team games – if he works on being a bit more positive and direct in possession Ryan will develop into a good winger.”

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