Midfielder Jordan Shipley on the Under-23s 4-3 victory against Crewe Alexandra at the Ricoh...
Jordan Shipley believes the Under-23s recent winning run of form shows their strength in depth and bodes well for the future.
Nicky Eaden’s side made it five wins on the bounce with a thrilling 4-3 victory against Crewe Alexandra in the Development League South to top the table after eight games.
With injuries, international call-ups and first-team duties impacting selections with the U23s set-up, Shipley admits it’s very positive the results continue to come. He said: “We’ve had to change quite a lot over the past month or so for various different reasons.
“We’ve had the likes of Jordon Thompson, Jordan Ponticelli and others from the Under-18’s join us, and the likes of Cian Harries and Ben Stevenson switching between us and the first-team.
“It does show the quality we have through the age groups as these players are coming in and doing very well. We have a strong team ethic here and I think that show on the pitch.”
The midfielder scored twice in their recent win over Alvechurch in the Birmingham Senior Cup, and the 19-year-old knows it’s an area he could improve on moving forward.
“It’s always a good feeling to score goals and contribute towards the result, but it doesn’t happen often enough.
“I am trying to work on that side of the game and get into better attacking positions. Sometimes it is easy to hit a pass and stand and admire it, but you need to follow your pass and look to receive it back,”
He added: “I am working on improving my fitness as it has always been a slight problem for me, and once that clicks into place, I am hoping it will contribute to better performances from myself.”