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INTERVIEW: Chay Thompson Reflects On Under 18s Draw vs Wigan Athletic

Harrison Nee earns the Sky Blues a point...

16 November 2020

The Sky Blues came away with a point this weekend, as another Harrison Nee strike ensured a 1-1 draw against table toppers, Wigan Athletic.

It caps off a great week for Nee, who was one of eleven academy players across the country to be recognised for his performances on and off the pitch.

Speaking after the game Chay Thompson, sang the praises of the youngster and his team mates as they continue to work hard this season.

“I’m really proud of the players for the way they conducted themselves and the way they worked hard, coming to a place where the team are top of the league.

“We had to fight, and we had to dig in, but we got our rewards in the end when we got an equaliser and we could have even gone on to win the game at the end with the chances we had.

“So, I’m proud of the players and how far we’ve come this season. “

This is the second time in a row that City have come back from 1-0 down to draw a game, showing the fight and resilience in the side.

“We have showed good character now in the last two games, we’ve gone a goal down and we’ve not gone into our shells but we have found another level and got ourselves back into the game so we’ve got to be proud of that.

“We just need to keep improving, keep progressing, keep working hard on the training ground and hopefully do our jobs and keep developing them as well.

“Obviously, that is the important thing but seeing the improvements every week is pleasing.”

The Sky Blues have pulled off some impressive results so far this season and a draw away against top pf the league will be added to that list.

“We play them again in a couple of weeks so that will be good and to be honest we are probably slightly disappointed we didn’t win the game with the chances we had in the end.

“However, they are beating teams quite comfortably and they’ve got some great individuals, so to come here compete and get a point. We really are pleased with the boys.”

On another note, Chay Thompson spoke of his delight at seeing Malakai Reeve being given an opportunity in the Under-23s after impressing at U18s level this season.

“I’m Really pleased for Malakai; I had the pleasure of going to the game and he was outstanding considering he is a 16-year-old stepping into that environment and cope with it well.

“We are really pleased as it shows the boys are progressing and we have to make sure that they are ready for the next step of their journey which is the U23s.

“That’s what we are in it for, we are here to see players progress into the u23s and hopefully break into the first team.”


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