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INTERVIEW: Luke Tisdale Swansea City Reaction

The 23s were held to a goalless draw...

20 April 2021

Sky Blues Under-23s Head Coach, Luke Tisdale was pleased with his sides second half performance, as they earned a share of the spoils against Swansea City.

The visitors started the game on the front foot and controlled proceedings early on, but it was the Sky Blues who grew into the game and looked the most likely to grab a winner as the game wore on.

The Sky Blues fought and were unfortunate to come away with all three points, but Tisdale was pleased nevertheless as his side secured a point.

“We’re delighted to get a point to be honest, I thought first half we were second best in a lot of areas, having said that, Tom Billison was outstanding really kept us in the game and we had him to thank for that at half-time.

“Second half we were much better, better organised, more compact and we restricted their chances and then we probably had one of the biggest chances in the second half to go win it.

“Their keeper makes a brilliant double save from Wes, but maybe a win was a bit too much to ask for but a clean sheet and a point after what we saw first half, we’ll take that all day.”

Last time out heading into the game against Swansea, City found themselves a goal down going into the break against Queens Park Rangers.

However, it was another second half performance which caught they eye, as the Sky Blues ran riot, securing a 4-1 win come the final whistle.

So, with a theme of second halves starting to creep into their game, Tisdale told how he will continue to work to identify how to make those changes.

Yeah, it’s been a bit of a theme our second half performances are always better than our first, so we have to try rectify that somehow, we have two games in the league remaining and one friendly to try and change that.

“The second half performance was very dogged, very similar to our first team, where we have to say in games and not give up big changes and wait for our moments, so that was a really pleasing aspect of the afternoon.”

Now as the season comes to an end, the Sky Blues have three games remaining in the Professional Development League.

The 23s have set themselves a points target to reach from those three and also impress as much as they can.

“First and foremost, the players have a set a points target, we had a chat after the Crewe game we had four left and said how many points we wanted to get to, so were still working towards that target and that point today helps us towards that.

“We’ve also spoken about just how many clubs across the football pyramid that come and watch our games.

“So, we’ve got a lot of young footballers that want play for Coventry City, maybe some that need to go out on loan, some whose futures that may lie elsewhere, so the number of clubs that come and watch it’s an opportunity for every young player to impress somebody and to go and play in somebody’s first team, so there’s the individual aspect to it as well as the team element of gaining points.”

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