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INTERVIEW: Jason Farndon Reflects On Bolton Result

The Under 23s faced Bolton in action last night...

29 August 2018

The Sky Blues Under-23s fell to a 2-1 defeat in Professional Development League action against Bolton Wanderers at the Lancashire FA.

City went two goals down in the game, but scored a late goal through striker Jordan Ponticelli in injury time.

Talking after the game, Under-23s coach, Jason Farndon admitted he was disappointed with his sides first half display against Bolton.

He said: “It’s been a little trend so far that we’ve been poor in the first half and then really good in the second half.

“It’s happened in all three games and I think sometimes we’re leaving ourselves with a bit too much to do, so we have to figure out why that’s happening and why we’re starting slow, so that’s something for us as coaching staff to look at.

“I thought looking over the 90 minutes the better team probably won, although we could’ve got a result, we missed golden chances and Jordan Ponticelli should score his one v one and he will be disappointed with that and again the goals are down to errors.

“When Jordan goes through one v one and the keeper saves it, they go straight up the other end and get their second which sort of kills the game off and kills us a bit.

“It’s probably not one of our better games and the team was mixed around with first team players so it was a little disjointed but that’s the nature of the beast.”

Several first team players turned out for Farndon’s side, with Tom Davies, Junior Brown, Zain Westbrooke, Reise Allassani, Jodi Jones and Jordan Ponticelli starting the game.

Last week, performances and goals for Allassani and Jonson Clarke-Harris earned themselves minutes for the first team against Gillingham.

“That was the team talk.” Jason said.

“They can give themselves a chance to show the gaffer what they’re about and some people go with that and some don’t and that’s up to them to decide.

“I think the development squad and under 23s football gets a lot of stick, but it does prove a purpose and you can see other clubs are playing players they’ve just signed in the under 23s to get them up to speed and I think some of our players can look at that and see it’s not just Coventry City that’s doing it.”

The Under-23s are back in action at the Alan Higgs Centre on Monday, as they take on Sheffield Wednesday with a 1pm kick-off.


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