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INTERVIEW: Luke Tisdale Sheffield Wednesday Reaction

The Sky Blues got back to winning ways...

24 February 2021

Sky Blues Under-23s Head Coach Luke Tisdale, was delighted after his side came away with three points against Sheffield Wednesday.

City fell behind early on under freak circumstances, as the wind held the ball up for Wednesday’s full-back to fire past Tom Billson.

However, an inspired second half performance, by Josh Eccles in particular, who scored twice to help complete a turnaround, secured the win for the 23s.

“It’s been a long time coming.” Tisdale said.

“In loads of games this season we’ve been really unfortunate by either conceding a late equaliser, or a sloppy goal and we didn’t do that today, so I’m delighted for the players.

“At half time you’re thinking here we go again to an extent because they take the lead through a very fortunate goal, because the wind holds the ball up and allows him to head into the back post.

“But saying that, we knew we weren’t out of it and that we were going to create chances and at half time we said someone needed to take the game by the scruff of the neck and Josh Eccles has done that in the second half.

“He’s scored two great goals and he could’ve had a hat-trick, but it was a great result and there were some really good individual performances.”

Josh has come back into the side since his loan spell at Gillingham and has shone for the 23s, becoming top scorer as the midfielder has added goals to his game.

His brace proved the difference on the day, as after he put the Sky Blues in front, the side managed to keep at the Owls at bay for the remaining half hour.

“I thought we ran more than we have done in previous weeks and we wanted to defend, and we held our shape and managed the game really well to get over the line.

“Jack Burroughs has come back in at right-back as well and done a great job and Blaine Rowe has moved over to centre-back and put in a very good performance as well, so there are a lot of pleasing things.

“I think you can tell the difference in the likes of Jack, Josh and Jordan Young who have come back from loan. It has had a big impact on the boys because they’ve all done reasonably well and hopefully Declan Drysdale is doing well at Cambridge.

“If Josh plays like that consistently every week, then there’s no reason why he can’t be playing men’s football week in week out very quickly.”

The Sky Blues gave two Trialists opportunities yesterday, as Luke begins to cast his thoughts to next season and finding the future talent for the under-23s.

“We had a few trialists in this week, as we have one eye on next year, so we have brought some lads in to see how they can impact the group.

“I thought both of the trialists played really well and they ran around and done their jobs. It’s not easy coming in and playing after three days, because there’s a lot of pressure on them to do well and play well for the team.

“We will continue to take a look at some other lads over the coming weeks and Pete Wilding has come in as the 16-20 recruitment lead and that’s one of the great things for us because we can start to take a look at some new faces.”


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