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INTERVIEW: Reid reflects on Owls draw

Sky Blues U23s stay top of the league...

28 September 2021

Speaking after yesterday’s 1-1 draw with Sheffield Wednesday U23s at the Coventry Building Society Arena, defender Josh Reid thought the young Sky Blues got the least they deserved from a difficult game.

The visitors from South Yorkshire took the lead through Basille Zottos after 19 minutes but were denied all three points in the last minute when the in form Fabio Tavares scored a well worked effort went in off the bar to earn Luke Tisdale’s side a point.

“It was a tough game, we dominated the whole game from start to finish but just couldn’t find the cutting edge to score really, we lost a sloppy goal in the first half and took a while to get back into the game.” Reid said.

“Thankfully we got the goal and it’s another point and we remain unbeaten so it’s not the end of the world, but it wasn’t a great performance today.

“We’ve definitely got that fighting spirit and stuff like that when you go behind in games, people don’t like getting beat so it’s good and it’s a good group of boys who don’t give up.

“I think that five goals for Fabio now too, he’s the top goal scorer in the league and it’s just good that he keeps scoring.

“In training he is a prolific goal scorer and sometimes that is what you need to get you out of sticky situations so it good we have him."

The draw with the Owls maintained City’s unbeaten start to the Professional Development League season and  when asked what was behind the strong start Reid spoke of the togetherness in the squad and the targets they have set.

“Hard work, every day in training the boys work really hard for each other. We all have different goals this season whether that is getting into the first team or winning the league with the u23s, so everyone is striving to get to that next level and ultimately we want to win the league and be sat here in June having won the league so it’s been a good start.

“Then to be playing at the stadium is brilliant, the pitch is brilliant, so we love it, and we love coming back to the stadium to play games. I think we’ve got five games at the stadium, three more to come so we look forward to them."

Reid, who joined the Sky Blues from Ross County last January, has been pleased with his own start to the season and spoke of his versatility and the ambitions he has set himself this season.   

“To have played every minute and put in good performances is good.

“I’ve played both positions before, so wing back is more attacking and you’ve got to adapt your game to be more on the front foot and be in the attacking third with a more quality whereas with left-back you’re maybe passing it to your winger or setting up the players in the front third so I like both positions and I’ve got a couple of assists already this season so hopefully there is more to come.

“I want to get as close to the first team and to be out there training with them as much as possible and you can only do that by playing well week in week out for the u23s and getting results so as long as all the boys keep doing that and keep working hard in training and keep getting points on the board and putting in good performances ultimately it does our cause really well. We want to win the league and ultimately that is our goal for the season.”

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