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INTERVIEW: Jason Farndon Reflects On Under-23s Draw With Millwall

20 November 2018

The Sky Blues Under-23s returned to action yesterday afternoon, as they were held by Millwall at the Alan Higgs Centre in Professional Development League action.

The game marked the return to action for Zain Westbrooke and Jordan Ponticelli, who had both been out for the past couple of the months.

Ponticelli marked his return to the football pitch, with a goal inside the first half hour, as he looks to build-up his match fitness in order to return to Macclesfield Town on loan.

Speaking after the game, Under-23s coach, Jason Farndon was pleased with the way Jordan came through his first outing since the injury.

He said: “Jordan Ponticelli has been training for a week now and I think he looked sharp in the first half before he came off.

“Someone said to me that he gets lucky with loose balls, but as I said to them, he works so hard he creates his own opportunities and the ball drops and he’s there and he is probably on of the best finishers I’ve worked with.

“I think he’s got another couple of games here with the 23s first before he goes back out on loan to Macclesfield.

“He’s just go to build his confidence back and he doesn’t look like he’s been injured, so that’s testament to him for staying in shape and he’s coming back and he will score goals wherever he plays I think.”

The Sky Blues took the lead through Ponticelli’s strike, before a mix-up at the back saw Lewis Green put into his own net just before the break.

Despite dominating for large proceedings in the game, City were unable to be clinical in front of goal and take their chances.

However, Farndon admitted he would be more concerned if his side weren’t creating the opportunities in front of goal.

He said: “I think we played well.

“It was probably our team out there, that’s what we work with every day and that’s the team we expect to put out every week in the development squad.

“I thought they did really well, they worked really hard, we created chances but we didn’t have any cutting edge.

“I think there was only one shot on target all game for both teams, so there was a lot of nice football played but we need to be ruthless in and around the box.

“It’s the hardest part of the game to score goals and I would be more worried if we wasn’t creating them, but we are and that gives us a platform and that makes us work harder as staff.”


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