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INTERVIEW: Jason Farndon Reflects On Under 23s Win Over Palace

The Sky Blues beat Palace 6-3...

18 December 2018

The Sky Blues Under-23s ended their 2018 with an emphatic 6-3 win over Crystal Palace at the Alan Higgs Centre.

Jason Farndon’s young side were relentless against the Eagles, scoring four goals within side the opening 30 minutes of the game.

A superb team goal saw Jack Burroughs give City the lead within 90 seconds and then a brace from Zain Westbrooke made it 3-0.

Palace pulled one back through Nya Kirby shortly after, before Dexter Walters’ deflected effort restored the three-goal lead heading into the break.

The Eagles came out the trap in the second half and pulled a goal back almost immediately when substitute Joseph Hungbo scored inside the box.

59 minutes in and Palace’s Levi Lumeka was brought down inside the area by the Sky Blues Trialist in goal and the referee pointed to the spot.

However, Trialist atoned for the foul and guessed the right way to deny Nya Kirby getting his second.

Moments later, Jak Hickman made it five when he drilled a low shot into the bottom corner after being teed up by Bremang.

Bremang would get himself on the scoresheet, scoring the final game from the spot after Levi Lumeka had scored for Palace.

Reflecting on the game come the final whistle, Jason Farndon was delighted with the ‘ruthlessness’ shown by his side.

He said: “It was a great victory and I thought we put in a real solid team performance against a Premier League Development side.

“We’ve been talking about not scoring enough in recent games and how we haven’t been good enough in the final third.

“I think we showed that ruthlessness we’ve been looking for and now we need to use this going forward and keep showing it after the Christmas break.”

However, despite scoring six goals in the game, City also conceded three in the game, as they fielded a Trialist ‘keeper.

Farndon was disappointed with the way the goals were given away, but in reflection was pleased to come away with the three points.

“Obviously, we’re disappointed with the goals we conceded in the game, we should’ve done better, but you can’t have it all in development football.

“After having back to back games in the week, starting at Colchester, it was great to come away with the win and end the year on a high.”

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