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INTERVIEW: Luke Tisdale Under-23s Reaction

City get back to winning ways...

18 October 2019

Sky Blues Under-23s Head Coach, Luke Tisdale was pleased with the way his side bounced back from last week’s defeat.

City were back on the road yesterday, as they secured a 3-0 victory away at Wigan Athletic in Professional Development League action.

The win moved City back into second and ensured last week’s first defeat of the season against Millwall was just a distant memory.

Two goals from Dexter Walters set the Sky Blues on their way, as the man currently on loan at Leamington produced a match winning performance and Tisdale was pleased with what he saw.

He said: “It was good to bounce back from a disappointing performance and result against Millwall.

“We let ourselves down last week really, so we had a meeting off the back off it, spoke about what went wrong and tried to put it right at Wigan and we did that.

“We went with a 23s squad to Wigan and they were very good, and I can’t fault them yesterday.

“Tom Billson makes an excellent save at one-nil which probably swings the momentum back our way a little bit because we were rocking and Wigan were on top of us.

“They get in behind us and it’s the one chance they have in the game really and Tom makes an outstanding save and after that it gave us a platform to kick on and go and win the game.”

On Dexter: “I went to watch him on Saturday against Alfreton, and he was very good, and it was nice to get him playing again.

“The whole point of him going on loan is just to get his match minutes up and play competitive football and as a challenge for him.

“Like I said he was very good on Saturday against Alfreton, so we threw him in yesterday and he gets two excellent goals.”

There was also a return to action for Jack Burroughs, who was recently with the Scotland Under-19s side, where he scored his first international goal.

Jack came into the starting eleven and filled in for the injured Blaine Rowe at right-back and Tisdale praised the versatility of the midfielder.

“Jack went away with Scotland, got three caps and a goal and finished top of their group.

“Obviously we lost the game last week, but we got wins in different areas. It’s a win for us with Will Bapaga starting against Forest Green Rovers and it’s a win for us Jack going away with Scotland.

“Jack came back into the team yesterday I think its his fourth game in fourteen days so he’s had quite an intense few weeks, but he does what Jack always does which is come and be athletic and highly committed, gives everything that he’s got which he always has done and he played very well as well.”

The Sky Blues now head into an early top of the table clash against Watford who currently sit two points ahead of Tisdale’s side.

“They’re a very very strong team, but I think we’re two points behind Watford with a game in hand so we’ve got to try and get the result and then win the game in hand.

“The group obviously want to make the top two again but more importantly is what Will’s done and what Jack’s done and knocking on the door.

“Sam McCallum getting his start Sunday against Tranmere so we always keep in site what the ultimate end goal is and its not to win the league, if we win the league and have no debuts its not a successful season so it’s just about getting them over the line and we’re doing that at the minute.”


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