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INTERVIEW: Chay Thompson Birmingham U18s Reaction

City's youngsters fall to narrow defeat...

22 February 2021

The young Sky Blues were narrowly beaten 2-1 away by local rivals Birmingham City this past Saturday afternoon.

Speaking after the game Chay Thompson said: “I’m proud of the players, it was a tough game. They played a side who has some talented players and move the ball really well.

“It was disappointing to get beat but I am thoroughly proud of the players for the commitment and efforts they gave for the football club today.

“I can’t fault any of their efforts. I think we have got to be better with our passing and possession play when on the ball. Out of possession thought we were outstanding, and the discipline was good.”

The last time these two sides faced was in October when Birmingham walked away from the Alan Higgs Centre with a 7-4 victory after a very eventful fixture.

Since then, Coventry have put together a string of good results and have had the experience of facing a category one academy.

Thompson comments on the progress made this season since that fixture in October.

“There is lots to work on we’ve got to be better on the ball in key moments of play but with the chances created I thought we should have got something form the game but overall, where we’ve come this season from conceding seven against a very good side to narrowly losing 2-1 shows there are plenty of positives to take from the game.”

In the last fixture against Birmingham Harrison Nee scored two of the Sky Blues’ four goals.

This afternoon Sam Rodber scored Coventry’s only goal as both strikers compete to be the squads starting number nine.

“We have got two good strikers that compete everyday with each other. Harrison is the top goal scorer in the league and has being playing outstandingly well this season and then Rodber who is a year behind him and scored his sixth of the season today, which is key for him going forwards.

“They are two great strikers who push each other, and it will be great to get them both in the side and add a clinical edge to our attack.”

With games being called off both because of weather and COVID-19 which means the u18s have a busy schedule coming up with Sheffield United at home next Saturday.

“We’ve got a lot of games coming up. They’re coming thick and fast; we will overcome this one and analyse it and look at what we need to improve on.

“We have got big games coming up and big test for the boys and a lot of the boys have been involved with the U23s which is good to see. So overall lots of positives to take despite the result.”


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