Sky Blues Under-23s Coach, Luke Tisdale was left frustrated after his side fell to defeat to Hull City on Monday night.
City travelled to Bootham Crescent but two goals either side of half-time for the Tigers saw Tisdale’s side leave empty handed.
Luke said: “It was a better performance than we showed against Nottingham Forest with a lot more effort and energy, but we probably just didn’t get that little bit of luck we needed on the night.
“Hull created a lot of chances in the game, so it was probably a similar story to what we’ve been saying earlier in the year about this season so far.”
Two controversial moments in the game saw City have two penalty appeals turned down in quick succession during the first half.
Both appeals came whilst the scores were at 0-0 and whilst Luke didn’t want to use that as an excuse, it ultimately had a part to play over 90 minutes.
“We had two penalty appeals both at nil-nil and I really don’t like talking about decisions and make excuses but I’m really not sure how the referee hasn’t given either of them, because they’re both stonewall penalties.
“Having seen them back, it makes it even harder to take because they are both one hundred precent penalties.
“But don’t get me wrong, that’s not the reason why we lost the game, but if would have had even one of them at nil-nil it gives us a chance to go on and get something from the game.
“So, it was incredibly frustrating not to get given either of them.”
It was a young side that the Sky Blues fielded, with five of the 16-man squad all 18 or under.
Those youngsters gained valuable experience playing for the Under-23s, with the likes of Harrison Nee and Aaron Evans-Harriott making their first starts.
“It was nice to get the young lads involved. Harrison Nee has been scoring a lot of goals in the under 18s and hasn’t really been able to get a chance in the under-23s yet due to the players we’ve had available.
“So he did ok and he will be disappointed he didn’t score because he had a good chance in the game and a big one at the end as well, but he covered a huge amount of distance and he ran his socks off.
“He played 90 minutes on Saturday as well, so with that in mind he did really well.
“Also, it was a first start in the 23s for Aaron Evans-Harriott and he also played 90 minutes on Saturday, so we were carrying a few lads who had played 90, such as Jay McGrath and George Burroughs.
“That probably had an impact as the game went on, but the young lads all acquitted themselves ok and they did alright.”