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"We've been a victim of our own success, our season doesn't end there. It must improve." - Coventry City's Jason Farndon

3 March 2016

The City Under-18s has demanded more from his side following two poor results after the FA Youth Cup exit...

Coventry City Under-18s coach Jason Farndon believes his side are suffering a FA Youth Cup hangover following recent results.

The Sky Blues' Academy side enjoyed an incredible run in the competition, beating Walsall, Crewe Alexandra, Charlton Athletic and Stoke City.

The Under-18s side almost defied the odds against Premier League giants Arsenal at the Ricoh Arena, taking the Gunners to penalties after a pulsating 2-2 draw but eventually lost 7-6 on penalties.

Since the Arsenal game, City's Academy side have suffered two defeats against Huddersfield Town and Hull City, and Farndon believes there are no excuses.

Farndon said: "Well, it's been difficult for the side since the Arsenal game. We haven't picked up the results we wanted and we're on a bit of a down at the moment.

"It's difficult really as the team which played against Arsenal hasn't played together again with players in the Under-21s and certain injury problems.

"Callum Maycock has been out for three weeks since the game and we've also had problems with Jordan Shipley and Reece Ford, it all comes into the mix.

"It is also the time in the season when we start to plan for the future and we've had a few trialists and Under-16s playing in the side recently. Having said that, we don't want to be making any excuses and make sure we're improving from this point onwards."

The Under-18s face a busy end to the season with frequent midweek games as they look to continue their impressive first half of the season form.

Farndon believes there have been plenty of positives recently despite the results and says the players need to be giving their all until the final whistle of the final game.

He added: "It was always going to be difficult after the FA Youth Cup but the players have got to realise that the season doesn't end there. 

"In a lot of ways, we've been a victim of our own success and there are still plenty of positives for the side. To see Corey Addai on the bench for the first-team is a really big plus point for the Academy.

"The news the other week that we're the 5th best performing Academy in the Football League is great credit to everyone and that's really down to us pushing players up a level at a younger age.

"I'm expecting that to continue as we've got three games in the week in most weeks from now until the end of the season so the players have got to get back to their best quickly."

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