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INTERVIEW: Ryan Howley Leeds U18s Reaction

Sky Blues midfielder reflects on FA Youth Cup defeat...

9 December 2021

Young Sky Blues midfielder Ryan Howley reflected on his team’s 4-1 defeat to Leeds United U18s in the FA Youth Cup.

Having created Justin Obikwu’s 87th minute goal, Howley cited the Sky Blues U18s’ resilience as a major factor in getting a goal back and working hard until the final whistle.

“Even at 3-0 down, we didn’t give up; we kept going and got the goal which is credit to ourselves,” Howley highlighted.

“That’s how I see my best game: getting forward, getting in the box, creating chances and luckily that one did go in when I got down the line, but I think personally I could’ve had another goal tonight.

“We didn’t give up and showed our character, but even though they did get their fourth, it was nice to get a goal and give the fans something to cheer about.”

Speaking of the home crowd at the Coventry Building Society Arena on Tuesday evening, Ryan also thanked the fans for spurring his side on throughout the game.

“There was good support there today; there was quite a few people and it did give us that boost in the first half and even the second half.

“When we did go two or three goals down, they were still behind us, so that was really helpful.”

Despite bowing out of the FA Youth Cup, Howley mentioned his enjoyment at playing alongside the Sky Blues Under-18s once again this week:

“It’d been nice being back with them this week, because I haven’t seen a lot of them for a long time really.

“Just playing with them has been really good.”

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