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INTERVIEW: Chay Thompson Under-18s Reaction

Thompson reflected on a disappointing defeat...

2 November 2020

The Sky Blues Under-18s suffered a 4-1 loss away at Cardiff City this past weekend in league action.

A five-minute spell took the game away from the Sky Blues during the first half and ultimately condemned the 18s to defeat.

Speaking after the game, Assistant Talent Development Officer Chay Thompson said: “I thought we started the game really brightly, dominating the ball and possession and we had some good spells.

“However, we had a five-minute wobble where we conceded three goals, and then we’re going into halftime 3-0 down in a game where we should be going in level or ahead. It makes the second half very tough.

“That was down to individual mistakes and individual errors during that period, which the boys will learn from.

“We had some great chances in the second half however it showed the differences in the two sides as they were more clinical.”

It’s not all negatives for the Sky Blues as Thompson explained: “We were the dominant side both with chances and in possession which is a positive going forwards and it was a good learning game for the boys, as always its disappointing to get beat but we will bounce back and get ready on Monday to work ahead of the game against Swansea on Saturday.”

Thompson believes the performance had its positives from City and that the game was won and lost in certain parts of the pitch.

“We need to keep doing what we do best and that’s when we are on the ball, we are dominating possession. We need to be a little more ruthless in the final third.

“The difference in today’s game was in both boxes. They defended their box better then what we did, and they were more clinical in our box. In between the boxes we were brilliant and had great spells where we dominated the ball really well.

“It’s just important to get the balance right and be more ruthless in the final third and make sure we are defending better in key moments of the game.”

Looking ahead to their next game, which is home to Swansea, Thompson said: “We haven’t got time to feel sorry for ourselves, we have to put that game to bed and move onto the next one and hope for a positive reaction this week.”

The Sky Blues Under-18s suffered a 4-1 loss away at Cardiff City this past weekend in league action.

A five-minute spell took the game away from the Sky Blues during the first half and ultimately condemned the 18s to defeat.

Speaking after the game, Assistant Talent Development Officer Chay Thompson said: “I thought we started the game really brightly, dominating the ball and possession and we had some good spells.

“However, we had a five-minute wobble where we conceded three goals, and then we’re going into halftime 3-0 down in a game where we should be going in level or ahead. It makes the second half very tough.

“That was down to individual mistakes and individual errors during that period, which the boys will learn from.

“We had some great chances in the second half however it showed the differences in the two sides as they were more clinical.”

It’s not all negatives for the Sky Blues as Thompson explained: “We were the dominant side both with chances and in possession which is a positive going forwards and it was a good learning game for the boys, as always its disappointing to get beat but we will bounce back and get ready on Monday to work ahead of the game against Swansea on Saturday.”

Thompson believes the performance had its positives from City and that the game was won and lost in certain parts of the pitch.

“We need to keep doing what we do best and that’s when we are on the ball, we are dominating possession. We need to be a little more ruthless in the final third.

“The difference in today’s game was in both boxes. They defended their box better then what we did, and they were more clinical in our box. In between the boxes we were brilliant and had great spells where we dominated the ball really well.

“It’s just important to get the balance right and be more ruthless in the final third and make sure we are defending better in key moments of the game.”

Looking ahead to their next game, which is home to Swansea, Thompson said: “We haven’t got time to feel sorry for ourselves, we have to put that game to bed and move onto the next one and hope for a positive reaction this week.”


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