Sky Blues Under-23s Head Coach, Luke Tisdale was pleased with the performance of the 23s, as they secured a 3-1 victory against Colchester United.
Goals from Max Biamou, Jamie Allen and Gervane Kastaneer were enough to overcome the U’s, despite City going down to ten men when Morgan Williams was sent off.
After being put under some early pressure by the visitors, City took hold of the game midway through the first half and were dominant from then on.
Tisdale was pleased with the way his side adjusted in the game in order to take control of proceedings and take the lead.
“First half they caused us some real problems and we didn’t deal with their shape, they’ve got some real experience in the middle with Jamal Campbell-Ryce and he was getting on and off the ball really well.” Tisdale said.
“So, we had to spin our midfield round a bit and go and deal with him and then that’s allowed us to get pressure elsewhere on the ball and turn it over a bit more, but at 0-0 they caused us real problems.
“Tom Billson makes a really good save to keep us in it and then once we established a little bit of possession and settled down you could see the quality of the players on the pitch, with Jamie Allen, Max Biamou, Callum O’Hare, Jordy Hiwula and Gervane Kastaneer, they opened the game up for us and we got a nice lead.
“The senior players were amongst the goals and they have to be at this level, it’s what we say to them it’s not always easy to come out of first team football and play these games, it’s a lot harder than people think.
“You can’t just turn up and score four or five goals and go home its not that easy they’re different challenges.
“Gervane put in a great ball for Max and he returns the favour in the second half for them two to get their goals and then you see Jamie and Callum linking up on the edge of the box for another goal and its really good to watch.”
Five minutes into the second half and the Sky Blues were presented with the challenge of going down to ten men when Morgan Williams was sent off.
However, City didn’t let the deficit affect them, as they extended their lead to 3-0 moments after through Gervane Kastaneer.
Tisdale said: “It wasn’t a challenge we liked, but Josh Eccles dropped back there, and he is familiar with that as its where played most of his games when he was in the Academy so he can slot in there nicely.
“We had some versatility on the bench as well, but it wasn’t a major issue for us, we had to concede possession at times, which we don’t like doing because we like having the ball.
“Even with ten men we had a lot of chances and we spoke about needing to take them because we created a lot and we could’ve won the game by four or five.
“Morgan will be disappointed, but that’s football.”