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INTERVIEW: Jason Farndon Reflects On Rugby Town Win

The Sky Blues secured a 5-1 victory over Rugby Town...

3 October 2019

Sky Blues coach, Jason Farndon was pleased with the way City came through their first round Birmingham Senior Cup tie against Rugby Town.

City ran away comfortable winners, after putting five past the Non-League side, with goals coming from; Charlie Wakefield, Amadou Bakayoko, Michael Rose, Max Biamou and Zain Westbrooke.

The Sky Blues now await the draw for the second round of the competition, but after reflecting on the result, Farndon was pleased with the way City performed, on a difficult Butlin Road pitch.

He said: “I thought our application was outstanding, we carried on from where we’ve been with the first team and that can be the danger when you bring a mixed side like we did tonight, that you come away from what we’ve been doing, but I though the lads were impressive.

“They were really aggressive on a difficult pitch, which you will give the ball away on, but we worked well on getting it back when we gave it away.”

City fielded a strong side to face Rugby, with all the players who started the game having featured for the first team this season.

With the Sky Blues going eleven games without a game last week and the Under-23s also not playing due to a waterlogged pitch, some of the players had gone two weeks without a game.

Farndon told how this fixture presented the perfect opportunity to get minutes under the belts of players who hadn’t featured.

“That was the idea behind the strong side, to get minutes under some of the lads belts, who wouldn’t have played for a while.” Farndon told.

“We’ve not been great in previous seasons in this tournament and at times we’ve struggled to field teams for it but this week we thought we would go full hit and give minutes to players.

“The first team has been pretty much unchanged so tonight gave some players who are not in the team a chance to work their way in there.

“You saw on Saturday the impact Gervane Kastaneer had when he came on and Amadou Bakayoko, so for them to get more minutes will only help.”

The game was only Kastaneer’s third start for the Sky Blues since joining in the summer and Farndon said it was important for the winger to get some game time.

“Gervane has had an up and down start with injuries and suspensions and now it’s time for him to kick on and you see the impact he did have against Doncaster.

“He’s a powerful threat and tonight was about getting minutes into him.”

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