The Sky Blues Under-23s bounced back with victory against Sheffield Wednesday on Monday afternoon in the Professional Development League.
City came from behind in the game to run away 3-1 winners and secured a second victory against the Owls in the space of just a few weeks.
Reflecting on the game after the final whistle, Sky Blues youngster, Jack Burroughs reveal the changes they made as a group at half-time to counteract the Owls threat.
“We were the more dominant side in the second half in particular. We created chances in the first half, but we struggled to take them and at times we struggled to play against their shape.
“They had a couple of first team players playing, which was a good learning experience for us and you could see that we grew into the game as it went on and in the end we deserved the three points and the performance warranted that.
“At half-time we spoke about being more compact and being more predictable because their ten was dropping in and Luke gave us good ways to deal with it and in the second half we killed the game off almost straight away and from then on we were able to play with more freedom.”
The game was a special moment for some of the new faces to join the Under-23s, as Fabio Tavares scored his first goal and Josh Reid made his first appearance off the bench.
The 23s have been based at the Alan Higgs Centre during the national lockdown and Burroughs believes the group have grew together during their time together.
“It shows the character we’ve developed over the last few weeks, because as a group now we’re based at the Alan Higgs Centre full time, we’ve really gel, and everyone is willing to work for one another.
“You can see the hunger even in training to do well and to get the three points just boosts the morale even more and it helps the new lads to settle in.
“We’ve had Fabio (Tavares) and Josh (Reid) come in during January and it was Fabio’s first goal and for Josh he managed to make his first appearance after recovering from injury, so it was a nice moment for them two in particular.”
Burroughs returned to City after spending a short period out on loan with Gloucester City in the National League South.
Jack spent time on loan with fellow team-mate Jordan Young, as they helped Gloucester to remain at the top of the table during their stint.
“It was a really good experience going into a team who were top of the league and playing really good football.
“The lads were great, and the manager was great to work under and it was really enjoyable experience and even though it was only a short amount of time, me and Jordan experienced the highs and lows of football.
“We had moments where we came from two goals behind, we conceded last minute, we won games and we lost games.
“I couldn’t fault any of the players or staff there, everyone was brilliant and I really enjoyed my time there and it was a great learning experience for me and it’s definitely helped me come out of my shell more.”
Burroughs also revealed how the loan spell has helped him to become more vocal on the pitch and he is hoping to help is team-mates for the rest of the season with what he has learnt away from City.
“A lot of the lads have been giving me some stick since I come back because I have become a lot more vocal on the pitch!” He joked.
“Having been at Gloucester you see how important communication is and it means so much to everyone there and it has to be at the top, no matter what level you play at.
“So hopefully I can use my experience to help others in the group and we can continue to grow and hopefully there will be more of us pushing for those first team places.”