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INTERVIEW: Jason Farndon Previews Leeds United Clash

City's Under 23s take on Leeds United at Elland Road...

27 April 2019

The Sky Blues Under 23s successfully qualified for the Semi-Finals of the Professional Development League, where they will face Leeds United next week.

City finished second in the Southern side of the division, meaning an away trip to Elland Road to face the Northern side winners, Leeds United.

Leeds are unbeaten in their last eleven fixtures a run which helped them win their division by nine points, holding off Birmingham City in second place.

Under 23s coach, Jason Farndon is expecting a difficult challenge for his side when they travel to Elland Road on Monday night.

He said: “Leeds are the best team at our level in the country, from what I’ve seen.

“They’re competing in the Premier League Cup as well and they will face Newcastle United in the semi-finals of that competition.

“They’re a top team and have an unbelievable philosophy which bleeds right through the club and you can see from what the first team are doing, their 23s are exactly the same.

“It’s going to be a really tough task, we will be huge underdogs heading into the game, but it’s one we’re going to go out there and enjoy.”

Having invested in the Under 23s side during last summers transfer window, there were a whole host of new faces.

The likes of Morgan Williams, Declan Drysdale, Sam McCallum, David Bremang and Dexter Walters were signed, whilst there were several players promoted through the Academy.

During the earlier stages of the season, it took time for the Sky Blues’ new faces to bed into the system in the Under 23s, but they soon got to grips with it.

A run of one defeat in 12 saw City shoot up the table and ultimately secure their place in the semi-finals of the competition.

Farndon admitted he is proud of what his group have achieved throughout the course of the season.

“We’re a new group.

“We made a lot of new signings this season and it took a bit of time to bed in but towards the end of the season they’ve really come together as a team and I think overall we’ve deserved to qualify.

“We’re proud that we’ve qualified for the national finals, after having had a poor start to the season, it didn’t look like we were going to make it.

“The lads will go into the game under no pressure. We’re a young group, so the experience to play at Elland Road is one that will stick with them for the rest of their lives and it will be a good experience for them for when they break into the first team.”

Kick-off at Elland Road on Monday night is 7pm. Admission is £5 adults, £3 concessions.


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