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INTERVIEW: Luke Tisdale Colchester Reaction

The Sky Blues drew 4-4 against Colchester...

18 February 2020

Sky Blues Under-23s Head Coach Luke Tisdale was left disappointed that his side failed to come away from the JobServe Community Stadium.

The game finished 4-4, with the Sky Blues leading twice in the game, once at 2-1 and in the second half at 4-2.

After leading the game with fifteen minutes remaining, Tisdale couldn’t hide his disappointment that his side were unable to see the game through.

He said: “It’s criminal that we’ve not won it. We’re obviously disappointed to go a goal down so early and then we reacted really well and passed our way back into it.

“We were really pleased with some of the football that we played, and we get ourselves in front, deservedly so we felt.

“Then again we switch off at the restart and go in at half time 2-2, but we felt like we’d been in control of the game and that if we could just tidy up a bit out of possession then we could score again which is what happened.

“We then went 4-2 ahead, a really good goal by Jodi Jones and a great finish from Jordy Hiwula and then we were in complete control of the game, dominating possession, passing the ball around and we didn’t really look like we were going to concede and then two individual errors cost us two points.”

The individual errors Tisdale refers to came from the Under-23s side attempting to build-up play from the back, something he insists his side will remain doing.

“It’s incredibly frustrating, however we’re not going to stop playing out from the back - we are going to keep doing it.

“We’ve just got to get it right and the couple of players who have made mistakes in recent games are also the ones that have won us games during the course of this season as well so it’s important to remember that.

“They may have made a mistake last night or against Crystal Palace but equally at a lot of points this season they’ve helped us win games, so we have to keep that in some perspective as well.”

Injuries to his squad and players heading out on loan to gain first team experience has left the 23s with a skeleton squad when it comes to the back four.

Last night, Charlie Wakefield feature at right-back, Bouwe Bosma and Joe Newton at centre-back and Brandon Mason, the only player to play in his preferred position, at right-back.

“We’ve had a makeshift back four for a lot of the season.” Luke said.

“Morgan’s missing through injury, Declan Drysdale and JT (Jordon Thompson) are out on loan and Jack’s (Burroughs) away on international duty, but there’s no time to sit around and sulk about it, not that the players will because they have a good attitude.

“Obviously losing Blaine Rowe has left us without a right-back for a lot of the season which has meant Jack Burroughs has had to play there out of position and so has Charlie (Wakefield) now.

“Joe Newton had to fill in at centre back with Bozzy (Bosma) last night so it was only Brandon Mason out of the back four that was playing in position as such.

“Obviously, you know that’s going to have a big impact on the game however we’d still be disappointed to concede those goals regardless of who was playing there.”

The Under-23s are back in action this Friday (21st February) as they host Bristol City at the Alan Higgs Centre, with kick-off scheduled for 1pm.


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