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INTERVIEW: Luke Tisdale's Charlton Reaction

The 23s ran-out 4-0 winners...

23 March 2021

The Sky Blues Under-23s made it back-to-back winners after a 4-0 victory over Charlton Athletic at Leamington’s Community Stadium.

City fielded an eleven which consisted of several first team players, three of which were on target, as Viktor Gyokeres bagged a brace and Amadou Bakayoko and Jordan Shipley also found the back of the net.

Speaking following the full-time whistle, Under-23s Head Coach Luke Tisdale told how he was pleased with how the starting eleven dealt with the game.

“We fielded a very strong side, and we knew that going into it, but equally we have been on the other side of that whereas a 23’s group we have gone and played against strong teams.

“You can catch teams out when sometimes the intensity and effort doesn’t quite transpire so we had to make sure that we didn’t have that banana skin going into the game.

“That was a challenge for the players really and primarily you have to make sure your attitudes bang on then the performance level will follow.

“Every player did that whether they were a 23s player or first team player; it was an outstanding result.

“Baka gets a good rebound goal in the first half on the back of some really good football and Viktor’s goals were outstanding, especially the second one.

“The pair of them were really good and our press starts with their intensity, so they did that side of the game and it’s nice that they got the little reward from it which is to get on the scoresheet.”

In a strong midfield, Jordan Shipley got his rewards with a good finish, but Ben Sheaf and Jamie Allen were also instrumental in City’s win.

The duo played the full 90 minutes and definitely made their mark on the game in order to help the Sky Blues come away with all three points.

“To be fair from the moment Ben Sheaf walked into the changing room you knew where his attitude was going to be, and he was brilliant.

“All the group came into training on Sunday to prepare for the game so the performance is a culmination of the last 24/48 hours really so I can’t praise everybody highly enough for it.

“Jamie (Allen) was excellent he played at the top of the diamond for us, and it was a typical Jamie Allen performance with loads of energy and some really good football as well.

“Even in the 90th minute Jamie’s chasing things down, counter pressing the ball and playing exactly the way that we want the first team U23’s and U18’s to all play because we have a really strong football philosophy at the club and Jamie typified that.”

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