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"I'm proud of the boys, it wasn't to be tonight but it has been a fantastic season overall." - Coventry City's Jason Farndon

11 May 2017

Under-18s Coach Jason Farndon as his side end the 2016/17 campaign against Sheffield United...

Jason Farndon reflected on a disappointing evening at Bramall Lane, as the Under-18s were narrowly beaten in the National Championship Final.

Jordan Hallam scored the only goal on the contest midway through the first half, with Farndon's side suffering only their second loss in seventeen outings after a fantastic end to the regular season.

"We've just said in the changing room we're disappointed, overall on the night the best team won. They sort of played on what we thought they would target and they're a very big and physical side," Farndon said.

"We started slow in the first half, however in the second I thought we grew into the game but didn't have many clear-cut chances to get the goal we needed.

"It wasn't to be tonight, we looked tired, we've had a tough and long season, but a fantastic season overall."

Despite defeat at the final hurdle, the Under-18s topped their division with a fantastic winning run that also seen them keep nine clean sheets in a row towards the back end of the campaign.

"It's good experience for everyone, it is not a nice thing to happen but you probably need a little bit of that, It is never a smooth ride in football.

"The quicker they get those disappointments out the way it will make them a stronger person and a better player for it. If it goes your way all the while I don't think that helps your development.

He added: "Of course, we would have rather won the game but it wasn't to be tonight. I'm proud of the boys."


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