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INTERVIEW: Luke Tisdale's Watford Reaction

The 23s put three past the Hornets last week...

26 October 2020

The Sky Blues Under-23s secured a convincing 3-0 win away at Watford last week, as they got back to winning ways.

Goals from Will Bapaga, Marcel Hilssner and Jordan Young saw Luke Tisdale’s side over the line, as they put the disappointment of the previous defeat to Millwall out of their heads.

Reflecting on the game, Tisdale told how he was pleased with what he saw from the Sky Blues over the course of 90 minutes.

“We started the game really brightly and it what was quite an open game.

“A really good individual goal by Will Bapaga gave us the lead and then a nicely taken free-kick by Marcel Hilssner double that, before they were reduced to ten men, which killed the game really and it made it quite comfortable for us.

“To be fair to Watford, after the break they came out and gave it a real good go and that caused us a few problems tactically and we had to ride a bit of a storm.

“But then Jordan Young scores to put the game out of sight and clinch the points really.”

It was youngster Will Bapaga’s first minutes since he suffered a shoulder injury in the Sky Blues Carabao Cup clash with Gillingham.

Following a few weeks on the sidelines, Bapaga managed 45 minutes, before being named on the bench for the first team just 24 hours later.

“It was very good to have Will Bapaga back and he took his goal really well and then he’s on the bench for the first team 24 hours later, which is ultimately more important.

“The main aim is still to produce players for the first team and it was great to see hm in the squad because he’s a very creative individual and his goal showed that.”

Also, the 3-0 win marked the 23s first clean sheet of the season, with Tom Billson keeping out a talented Watford attack.

“It was great to keep our first clean sheet of the season, it was something we had spoken about and at 2-0 up against ten men with an hour to go, there was no excuse to net get one.

“But to be fair to Tom Billson he did a lot of goalkeeping without having to make saves and he managed the people in front of him well and dominated the game with his voice alongside the two centre backs.

“They were excellent all game and defended really well against a Watford side that have some really good attacking players.”

City’s next game will see them entertain Bristol City next Monday, as they look to build on their win against the Hornets.


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