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INTERVIEW: Luke Tisdale Reflects On Rugby Town

The coach reflected on the 2-0 defeat...

24 July 2019

Under-23s coach, Luke Tisdale was disappointed with the performance from the Sky Blues in their defeat to Rugby Town.

In the 23s latest pre-season fixture they came up short in a 2-0 defeat to Rugby, with goals from Charlie Evans either side of half-time giving the hosts the win.

Reflecting on the pre-season clash after the final whistle, Tisdale told how he believes the 23s needed to do more with the ball in possession.

He said: “We spent a lot of time with the ball but didn’t do enough or create enough with it.

“It’s a lesson for the group that it’s not about keeping the ball in the back third, we have to look a threat when we’ve got it and we didn’t do that enough.

“It took us until the second half to have a shot on target and that’s something we obviously need to address going forward.

“We have to be careful that we don’t turn into a stereotypical development side and that’s why we take the games against men’s teams.

“We spent the majority of the time with the ball and we’ve come away with nothing, so we need to learn from that and put it right going forward in the future.”

The Sky Blues Under-23s played their third pre-season fixture against a men’s side, having previously played GNP Sports, Telford United and Rugby Town.

Tisdale echoed the words of Jason Farndon from the weekend, referencing the important of playing these fixtures.

“It’s massive that we play these games, because the lads play against players at their own age group in the development league and this is their only real taste of men’s football, unless they go out on loan during the season and not many did that last year.

“We take these games in pre-season as it’s also a different test, as Rugby didn’t play from out the back, which is something we see a lot in development football.”

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