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INTERVIEW: Jason Farndon reacts to recent Under 23s matches

3 April 2019

The Sky Blues Under 23s have been in back to back action over the past week, with away trips to Bristol City and Sheffield United.

City came away with all three points against Bristol, with goals from Chris Camwell, David Bremang and Dexter Walters in a 3-1 win.

Reflecting on the win, under 23s coach Jason Farndon believes it was arguably his sides best performance of the season so far.

He said: “It was a really good win against Bristol City, you could see from their team selection that they were very strong, and we saw that as a real challenge.

“They had Mo Eisa up top, who was the top scorer in League Two last year, so it was a great test for Morgan Williams and Declan Drysdale.

“We worked tirelessly, and it was a workman like performance, on a great pitch and we were ruthless, and it was probably our best performance of the season taking everything into account.”

City continued their unbeaten run this past Tuesday when they came away from Sheffield United with a point in a 1-1 draw.

The Sky Blues are currently six unbeaten and have lost just once in their last 12 fixtures in Professional Development League action and Farndon believes the point against the Blades could be vital come the end of the season.

“It was an opposite scenario to the Bristol game, as Sheffield United fielded a development team and the fixture was held at Stocksbridge, which arguably didn’t help both sides with the condition of the pitch.

“It was a real scruffy game and both sides struggled to dominate, and the ball was out of play more than it was in play and it was real difficult conditions.

“We’re not happy with a point but that could be valuable come the end of the season, but I think it shows how far we’ve come that we’re disappointed at drawing away to a top Championship side.”

Another positive for Sky Blues supporters in the United game was the return amongst the goals for striker Jordan Ponticelli.

Ponticelli has suffered through a lot of injuries during the 2018/19 season, which hampered a loan spell at Macclesfield Town earlier in the campaign.

Farndon believes there is no doubt the ability Ponticelli: “Jordan scored a good goal, his first one back, but he will be disappointed he didn’t get a second because he hit the bar and missed a chance right at the end.

“This is all part of the process for Ponticelli to get back to full fitness and score goals and everyone knows he can score goals.

“It’s all about getting his fitness back, nobody questions his goal scoring ability.

“He’s where he should be in terms of recovery, he needs to get fitter to get back into the first team, but he’s had a difficult year through injuries, so it’s just about getting him back to 100%.”


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