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INTERVIEW: Luke Tisdale Swansea City Reaction

City ran out 3-1 winners against Swansea City...

29 October 2021

Sky Blues Under-23s Head Coach Luke Tisdale told how he was delighted with the way his team reacted as they came away from Swansea with all three points.

City took the lead early on in the first half through another Fabio Tavares strike and led for almost 70 minutes before the Swans equalized with ten minutes to go.

However, City reacted to going behind and retook the lead just minutes later when Tavares scored his second of the game, before Ricardo Dinanga scored a third late on.

“It was an unbelievable reaction.” Tisdale said.

“It sums up the group up in a positive way in terms of how hard they work, their mentality and it particularly pleasing for Harrison Nee because he thinks he is at fault for their goal but he didn’t crumble he didn’t melt he went again and did what he is good at getting in behind players and put it on the plate for Fabio.

“The group really appreciated that. To win late on is always brilliant and we have done that before this season, but to win late after conceding late is even better, so the manner of the victory was really pleasing as well.”

City took a young group to Swansea’s Training Ground, with several Under-18s in the matchday squad along with Under-16 youngster Isaac Moore.

Tisdale was able to hand debuts to several of those players who made the trip, as they enjoyed a memorable afternoon in Wales.

“It’s great for the young players, it was a great day for development yesterday because obviously we had scholars making their first appearance in the Under-23s, with Evan Eghoso making his debut off the bench and then Isaac Moore who is an Under-16 came on and set the third goal up.

“We were able to give some development minutes across the day so that is a very pleasing part of it because the Under-18s have started unbeaten so they deserve their little reward as well.”

Fabio Tavares scored his 8th and 9th goals of the season against the Swans, but Tisdale was happy with everyone in his team, not just the striker.

“We were turning defence into attack, being patient to regain the ball and we broke in off the back of people.

“Fabio’s second goal, we have to give massive credit to Harrison, because for anyone who has watched the goals back Harrison, as we said was disappointed for Swansea’s goal because he had given the ball away and then makes a 60-yard recovery run, tries to put a tackle in which ultimately puts the Swansea centre-forward in for a finish for 1-1 in the 81st minute.

“Then four minutes later Harrison gets in behind and it would have been really easy for him to smash it in the bottom corner and rectify his mistake, but he shows the peace of mind to square it and put it on a plate for Fabio.

“It’s great for Fabio to get two goals again, but Harrison is massively involved, and they both combined well yesterday as a 10 and a 9. While Fabio did get the goals I think everyone in the team deserves credit for what they did to enable him to get his finishes.”


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