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INTERVIEW: Luke Tisdale Under-23s Reaction

City secured a 2-0 victory against Charlton...

3 March 2020

The Sky Blues Under-23s secured back to back wins yesterday, thanks to Will Bapaga’s brace against Charlton Athletic at the Alan Higgs Centre.

City followed-up from their 2-1 win over Bristol City with another three points against the Addicks, as they rose into second place, level on points with leaders Watford.

Luke Tisdale’s side still hold one game in hand on the Hornets and after extending their unbeaten run to four, the Under-23s Head Coach was pleased with what he saw from his side.

He said: “It was very good, and it was a nice team performance.

“I thought everybody in each unit worked very hard, the back four defended really well, the midfield three had a good control of possession in the game and the front three have done what they needed to do.

“I’m really pleased and a clean sheet as well which puts us on back to back wins which is a nice feeling.”

The upturn in fortune has seen City get back to winning ways in recent weeks, after a short period of results without a win during the festive period.

Now the Sky Blues are back on track, Tisdale believes it is a case of continuing what they have been doing all season and reaching their targets.

“We didn’t call it a wobble we felt we were unlucky in a couple of games and didn’t perform in two games to be fair” Tisdale said.

“There’s no time to sit around and sulk and we have a point target even in the 23s that we want to get to and we’re working hard towards that.

“The younger players are fully invested in it and they know what’s happening and how hard everybody’s working, and they have to understand they’re a part of that as well.

“They have to push the first team in training when they go up there, make sure that they work really hard and show their quality and equally they understand that it’s a really hard year to break into the first team because of the quality and strength in depth the managers got available.

“It’s an incredibly difficult year for them to get through so they have to take the opportunities when they come and they do that, they do that every single day.”

During the clash against Charlton, there was also a place on the bench for the Sky Blues latest signing, Aaron Evans-Harriott.

The 17-year-old joined the Sky Blues after departing League Two side Cheltenham Town and Tisdale discussed what supporters can expect from the latest recruit.

“Aaron is a winger who’s come in from Cheltenham, he’s a first-year scholar so he’s an under 17.

“He’s quick, pacy and can play off both feet. He was highlighted a long time ago by the recruitment department and they’ve wanted to bring him in for a while and it’s nice that we’ve been able to do it this week.

“He has a great personality, he’s going to be based with the under 23s so he’ll train at the lodge every day, we may need to get him some games with the under 18s if he can’t get any minutes here with us obviously with Jodi and William and the quality we have in the wide areas.

“He’s a player we’re really looking forward to working with to be honest and he’s an exciting one.”


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