The Sky Blues Under-23s returned to Professional Development League action last night, as they made the trip to face Colchester United.
City came away from the Job Serve Community Stadium with a share of the points, after a Jack Burroughs goal cancelled out Eoin McKeown’s early strike.
Jason Farndon’s side almost took the lead through Burroughs, but his glancing header from a corner went inches over the bar.
The U’s then took the lead against the run of play when Ryan Clampin pulled the ball across goal for McKeown, who fired into the top of the goal.
The Sky Blues looked to find an immediate response and they almost found it through Jonny Ngandu as his shot went just over the bar.
After the half-time break, Corey Addai made a good stop to deny Todd Miller who’s shot towards the bottom corner was well stopped by the City ‘keeper.
Jak Hickman almost found a leveller when he watched on as his free-kick flew wide of the hosts goal on 55 minutes.
However, moments later the Sky Blues were level as Jack Burroughs broke into the box and slotted home a fine finish to make it 1-1.
With minutes left on the clock, City continued to pile on the pressure and were almost rewarded but were denied by the U’s ‘keeper who got down well to earn his side a point.
Reflecting on the game, Sky Blues Under-23s Coach, Jason Farndon was disappointed to only come away with a point.
He said: “I thought we were excellent box to box, we controlled and dominated the majority of the game, across midfield and going forward.
“However, it was in that final third where we just lacked that killer instinct to put the ball in the back of the net.
“Also, on reflection looking back, we were denied a stonewall penalty, which if we score completely changes the outcome of the game
“It’s disappointing because having had so much of the game and not to come away with the win is a blow, but it was a good team performance overall.
The Sky Blues created numerous opportunities to take the lead, but couldn’t find the winner, something Jason will be looking to work on.
“We missed a lot of chances and that’s ultimately the reason why we didn’t come away with three points last night.
“It gives us something to work with, because we need to be more ruthless infront of goal when we’re creating so many chances.
“But it gives us something to work with on the training ground, I would’ve been more disappointed if we weren’t creating the chances, but it’s the hardest part of the game putting the ball in the back of the net.”