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INTERVIEW: Luke Tisdale Leamington Reaction

A young City side ran out 3-1 winners...

12 July 2021

The Sky Blues Under-23s began their pre-season schedule with a 3-1 victory over Leamington at the Your Co-op Community Stadium last weekend.

A youthful Sky Blues side were more than a match for their more experienced opponents who will be competing in the sixth tier of English football next season.

After the match u23s Head Coach Luke Tisdale told how he was impressed with the performance of his young team.

“It has been a bit of a world wind 24 hours, the starting eleven were the boys we have spent the past week with, but a lot of the boys that came on in the second half have been with the u18s side.

“A lot of credit has to go to our under-18s staff, for those players to deliver those performances it shows how hard they have worked during the week, so it's all come together quite nicely."

Tisdale was delighted that his players got the chance to play back in front of crowds and believes it was a big learning curve for the boys.

"The Leamington pre-season game is always a brilliant and it was an unbelievable experience for the lads to play in front of Coventry fans as many hadn’t experienced that before.

“‘We spoke about it at half time the reception the fans gave the players, when you have George Burroughs running down the wing and putting a cross in and getting a big cheer, it put a big smile on his face.

“They’ll have great memories from today which is fantastic for their development going forwards."

Despite the victory Tisdale’s thoughts have already turned to the u23s next match when they take on Warrington Rylands next Saturday as the start of the season approaches.

“We’ll have a full week’s training then a game at Warrington next Saturday which we’ll spend the week preparing for but It’s great to be starting a new season again.

“I enjoy every season and not too much changed for us last season as we were still playing all our games, but it’s all the in between bits that are a bit of a hurdle with the social distancing and covid testing so fingers crossed all the lads can have their jabs and we can get back to some sense of normality.”

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