Sky Blues Under-23s coach, Jason Fardon told how there were a lot of positives to take from yesterday’s 4-1 victory over Colchester United at the Ricoh Arena.
City ran out comfortable winners in a dominant display in Professional Development League action, with goals coming from Amadou Bakayoko, Jak Hickman and Tony Andreu.
The side fielded yesterday afternoon was a blend of senior players and those from the development group.
As City boss Mark Robins watched on, several senior players got minutes under their belt ahead of the trip to Southend United this weekend.
Farndon was happy with the way his players adapted to the game and went about their business during the win.
He said: “We were happy with the tempo of the game, especially second half we were much happier with the way we played than the first half.
“Getting after the ball in and out of possession, but it’s always a difficult one. You think we should beat them easily, but it never translates like that, but we robably should have won by more but happy with the result.
“It’s good for younger lads to get the opportunity to play alongside some of the more senior members of the team.
“We obviously train at the same place, so they see each other a lot and do mixed training so they play with each other at Ryton.
“Having senior play like Ogogo and Andreu who talk to them well, was valuable for some out there today.
“Most of our team yesterday we played nearly a full first team and only 2 of them were over age, so it is a young squad.
One of those players who got some minutes in their legs was striker Amadou Bakayoko, who scored a brace during the game.
The striker recently came off the bench against Charlton Athletic in League One action, to turn the game on its head and secure all three points for the Sky Blues.
Farndon told the local press after the game that Bakayoko needs to keep working hard and getting his name on the scoresheet.
“For a centre forward, it’s all about scoring goals.
“Once you get into a habit of scoring, it’s the best thing you can do to try and force his way into the team.
“He’s worked hard today, scored his goals, he probably feels unfortunate to not be in the team, but he has just got to keep scoring and the manager will give him his chance at some point.”