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INTERVIEW: Jason Farndon Looks Back On 23s Draw With Birmingham

City were held to a goalless draw against Birmingham last week...

4 March 2019

The Sky Blues Under-23s were held to a goalless draw against Birmingham City at the Ricoh Arena last week.

A meeting between the two sides from the North and South Professional Development League’s ended in a stalemate with neither side able to break the deadlock.

Both had chances in the game, with City going close through Declan Drysdale and Morgan Williams during the second half.

A point sees the Sky Blues close the gap on second place Crystal Palace to three points now, with four games remaining.

Looking back on the game, 23s coach, Jason Farndon admitted it was a game which lacked great quality, but he was pleased with the point and clean sheet.

“In truth, I thought it was a poor game. It’s not one of the fans are going to think ‘wow that’s two really good teams there’.

“We always preach that if you can’t win the game then don’t lose it and that’s what the lads did.

“The development games can sometimes get hammered for being high scoring and poor defending games, but we’re happy with the point and a second clean sheet on the spin.”

With David Bremang’s presence in the first team at the weekend against Accrington Stanley, the 23s were forced to play without a recognised striker.

City are struggling for numbers in that department, with Max Biamou, Jordan Ponticelli and Conor Chaplin missing through injuries.

With Bremang’s absence, City played with Jack Burroughs, Dexter Walters and Billy Stedman who looked to provide the attacking threat.

Farndon told how the lack of a centre-forward played it’s part in the Sky Blues threat infront of goal, as well as the pitch condition.

“Obviously you can see from our starting line-up that we had to change things quite late on so we had to play with no centre-forward.

“This means we had to change the shape and play without that target, which wasn’t ideal because David Bremang has been leading the line well for us recently.

“The pitch doesn’t allow for the expansive football we want to play , which we needed to win the game and Birmingham will probably say the same.”

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