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ACADEMY: Chay Thompson Sheffield United Under-18s Reaction

City shared the spoils with Sheffield United...

19 October 2021

The Sky Blues Under-18s had victory snatched away from them, late on, after a stoppage time Sheffield United goal tied the game.

The Sky Blues went ahead twice before being pegged back by the visitors, with the second goal coming late in stoppage time.

Under-18s Professional Development Phase Coach Chay Thompson spoke on his delight to keep their unbeaten streak going, but says there are lessons to learn from the result.

“I thought we were excellent right through until the 94th minute when we conceded, which was disappointing, we had some good spells of possession in the first half, we played some great football in good areas and we were in control of the game.

“We went 1-0 up and then we stepped off them a little and invited some pressure on, then they equalised and then the lads did superb to get themselves back in the game and get the goal to go 2-1 up with a well-worked goal.

“We were disappointed to concede late on, the learning from the game is the game management, we had chances to kill the game off and chances to take the ball into the corner and manage the game and see it out, but we didn’t do that.

“We’re eight unbeaten in all competitions, we’ve not lost this season and we want to keep that up.

“We work in blocks of games and we’re coming up to our next block of games, now, and we want to keep the run going. We’ve got some tough fixtures coming up and we want to test the players, but we’re confident we can turn the draws into wins.”

Reflecting on the season until this point, Thompson is pleased with the results, so far, and believes the team can continue their streak.

“It’s interesting because we’ve had draws that have felt like wins and draws that have felt like loses, so there’s periods in the game where we could see the game out, or, look for another goal and try and score a third or a fourth.

“We’re in a good place, we’re working hard every day and the lads have been outstanding so far this season, we’ve just got to keep on improving.”

After an extended piece of stoppage time in the match, due to a goalkeeper injury, a large amount of added time was sanctioned, in which Sheffield equalised to snatch the win from City.

Thompson says his side will analyse the match and spoke on how they will take lessons from the incident.

“There were five minutes added on and they scored in the 95th minute, our goalkeeper had went down injured and they scored with virtually the last kick of the game, the last second of the game.

“We watched the Spurs-Newcastle game and how Tottenham kept the ball, so, that’s an option or do we put the ball into the corner and try and win free-kicks and throw-ins high up the pitch, there’s different ways to see out the game, it’s down to the boys to pick which one they prefer.

“We’ll look back and analyse them because we’ve got them again Saturday and we’re looking to go there and get three points.”


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