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INTERVIEW: Luke Tisdale Barnsley Reaction

The Sky Blues came back from 3-0 down...

12 January 2021

Luke Tisdale was delighted with his sides fight, as they came back from 3-0 down to secure a point against Barnsley earlier this week.

The Sky Blues had fallen three goals behind against the Tykes before drawing level at 3-3 and then having to do it all over again, as they came from behind once more to draw 4-4.

Josh Eccles returning from Gillingham in his first game back for the 23s, Eccles score twice, alongside Will Bapaga who bagged a brace for himself.

Speaking after the game, Tisdale reflected on a game of what was ‘two-halves’ for his City youngsters.

“It was a game that had everything.” Tisdale said.

“First half we created some good chances and to be fair to Corey Addai he has made some excellent saves to keep us out.

“Isaac Christie-Davies score a brilliant goal for Barnsley and you know his pedigree when he’s been at the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool that you have to get out to the edge of the box and stop the shot, but nevertheless it’s a great strike to be fair to him and so is the second one, so we felt a little hard done by at half-time.

“We started the second half really poorly and we conceded after just three minutes, but from then on, the boys deserve huge credit because they get it back to 3-3.

“Then it’s the story of the game, we concede again straight after and give ourselves another obstacle to overcome, but we got the equaliser again.

“I’m really delighted because I thought that’s the least, we deserved because we had chances to win it in the end and if the game went on for another few minutes there was only going to be one winner.”

It isn’t the first time this season that the Sky Blues have shown that never say die attitude to come from behind and get something from the game.

Whilst Tisdale praised that fight in his City side, he also told how it’s something they need to cut out of their games.

“To be fair to the group we have history of doing this, we have done it against Crewe when we were 2-0 down and we went on to win 3-2 and against Sheffield Untied we got back into the game again.

“That fight in the group is something they have shown glimpses of all year and they just need to keep building on it.

“But, on the flip side we don’t want to be in a position where we have to come from behind and it just shows what the group is capable of if we cut out the poor mistakes and defend properly, its clear we can go on and get results and win games.”

This was the Sky Blues Under-23s first game back from their winter break, whilst also their first game back since the UK went back into a national lockdown.

The 23s season has been given the go ahead to continue and Tisdale was thankful for the opportunity and also thankful to Coventry for helping the youngsters continue to train and play safely.

“It’s brilliant, the club have been really supportive.

“All the under-23s players and staff have been tested week in week out which near enough every club we’ve spoken to haven’t been doing, so that support from the club has allowed us to carry on safely.

“The boys are delighted with it all and things may be slightly different for us at the moment because we’re training at the Alan Higgs Centre now to allow the first team more space in their environment, but the boys have taken it all on board and we’re all working together as one to make things easier for one another.”


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