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INTERVIEW: Luke Tisdale Cardiff City Reaction

City ran riot against the Bluebirds...

29 April 2021

Sky Blues Under-23s Head Coach Luke Tisdale described Tuesday’s 6-1 win over Cardiff City as the ‘best performance of the season’.

City came from a goal down to impose their dominance on proceedings and show ruthlessness in front of goal as they found the back of the net on six different occasions.

In their last three outings on the road, the 23s have scored 13 goals and continue to show the strides they have made in their development during the course of the 2020/21 season/

“I was delighted.” Luke said.

“It was best performance of the season and arguably the best one of the last couple of seasons to be honest.

We got our shape wrong on a restart and to be fair to Cardiff they went through and the boy bends one in at the back post and they score, but apart from that I thought we was still quite comfortable out of possession in the game.

“The response to going one-nil-down was excellent, all fourteen players that were on the pitch had a massive impact on the game out of possession so obviously delighted with that.”

One man who will grab the headlines is striker Fabio Tavares, who scored a hat-trick and also assisted two against the Bluebirds.

Having signed from Rochdale back in January, Tavares put in his best performance in a City shirt to date and showed why he was brought to Coventry.

“He was involved in five of the six goals and him and Harrison Nee worked really will together as a two and were well supported by Will Bapaga behind.

“Their running data from the games is extremely high just because they just constantly chased things down and didn’t give the back three a minute’s peace, they got hold of things they chased every single lost cause and, in the end, it wears defenders down and then it allows the space for Ryan Howley, Jonny Ngandu and Jordan Young all to get on the ball.

“Fabio will get the headlines and it’s something we have spoken to him a lot about his work is an area of expertise for him and his ability to keep running and pressing is one of his super strengths.”

During the course of the Professional Development League season, the Sky Blues will count themselves unlucky to have not picked up more points than they have.

One of the reasons may be the missed chances in games where they could have possibly scored six on several occasions, so to find the back of the net so freely in recent outings is a real positive for

I think those people that have seen U23’s games this season know that there’s been a lot of times that we should have scored a lot of goals but didn’t take our chances.

“We deliberately went with two upfront to try and rectify that just to give the team a greater chance to score some goals and to be honest I thought we could have got a couple more as well.

“The ‘keeper makes a good save from Blaine Rowe; Harrison Nee got in a couple of times as well, Jay McGrath could have had a hat-trick from set-pieces, so I think that performance had been coming for a while so it’s good to have got it before the season finishes.”


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