The Sky Blues Under-23s fell to defeat in a friendly fixture against Oxford United Under-23s at the Alan Higgs Centre.
City took the lead after David Bremang was brought down in the box and it was Jordan Shipley who had the responsibility of taking the spot-kick.
The midfielder, who had been out with a minor injury in recent week, converted the penalty to give Jason Farndon’s side the lead.
Bremang then was on the scoresheet himself, as he was on the end of a corner and headed past Stevens in the Oxford goal.
However, City were pegged back just before half-time as United halved the deficit from the penalty spot themselves, when the Oxford trialist scored.
After the break, the visitors found their equaliser after Harvey Bradbury and the Oxford man also found a third from the penalty spot later in the half.
The Sky Blues were unable to get back into the game and suffered defeat against Chris Allen’s side and talking after the game, Assistant Coach, Luke Tisdale gave his thoughts.
He said: “We started really well in the game and took a deserved lead when Jordan Shipley scored his penalty.
“David (Bremang) added a second, but in truth we should’ve been three or four up heading into the break.
“Shipley and Zain Westbrooke both struck the post, Jack Burroughs hit the bar and their ‘keeper has made a great save to deny Jonny Ngandu.
“But, we’ve gave away a penalty just before half-time and let them back in.”
After the break, the Sky Blues made several changes during the half and were unable to replicate their performance in the first 45 minutes.
Tisdale was disappointed with the performance in the second-half but was pleased to get minutes into players.
“We started poorly and gave away a cheap goal.
“Throughout the second-half we weren’t a threat and we didn’t give them enough to worry about, but we made a lot of changes.
“We got minutes into players who we hadn’t been able to get minutes into in recent weeks and that’s what the game was for.”
Sky Blues Xl: Corey Addai (GK), Jak Hickman, Lewis Green, Jordon Thompson, Brandon Mason, Zain Westbrooke, Jordan Shipley, Jonny Ngandu, Jack Burroughs, Billy Stedman, David Bremang.