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INTERVIEW: Luke Tisdale Crewe Reaction

Under-23s boss reflects on yesterday's win...

10 November 2021

Under-23s boss Luke Tisdale highlighted how the Sky Blues’ patience against Crewe Alexandra paid off in yesterday’s 3-1 victory.

Despite a goalless first half, the Sky Blues earned the win following half time when Jordan Shipley, Josh Reid and Fabio Tavares got their names on the scoresheet.

“It’s just about being patient; the group know the quality that they’ve got, and we have the ability to score,” Tisdale mentioned.

“Sometimes we don’t open teams up as quickly as we would like, and in the first half we didn’t hit the target. We got in good positions and made poor decisions, but we have to take the positives from that.

“To score early in the second half is brilliant, it just eases the pressure because the longer it goes on the more nervous people get.”

Tisdale’s men made it a fourth consecutive win with yesterday’s result, as the Sky Blues move closer to achieving their aims for this campaign.

“The group have set themselves a target of something which they would like to achieve this year, they have that in mind and we’re working towards it.

“We’ve got some big games coming up, we’ve got Sheffield United coming up before Christmas, I’m sure the group are looking to get a little bit of revenge in that game because they feel like they let themselves down slightly in that away game.

“So yeah, form is good, environment is good, training is good, so we’re enjoying it while it lasts really. I think that’s the same across the whole football club; the first team are flying and we’re doing our best to try and keep up with them. The under-18s are unbeaten, so it’s a good feeling at the minute.”

A number of players also returned to action from previous injury in yesterday’s contest, and Tisdale spoke of his delight to have that added bonus.

“If we had kept a clean sheet, it would have been the most perfect of days because we’ve got three boys back from injury, Jodi and Shipley have shown some real quality, we had development goals in Tavares and Reid, and if we had kept a clean sheet it would have been brilliant, but to have those players back available is massive.

“Again, it just allows Ryan Howley to play in his natural position, and just for everyone to get some minutes again, so it’s brilliant that they are back.”

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