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INTERVIEW: Chay Thompson Colchester United Reaction

A first defeat in six...

5 April 2022

Sky Blues Under-18s Assistant Professional Development Phase Coach Chay Thompson demanded more of the 18s after they fell to defeat against Colchester United last weekend.

The Sky Blues Under-18s fell to a 4-2 defeat against the U's, ending a five-game unbeaten run for City in the Professional Development League.

After the final whistle, Chay Thompson shared his frustrations with the first-half display, but reflected more positively on his side’s showing in the second.

“We didn’t compete, we didn’t win our individual battles and we made it a bit of an uphill task.” Thompson started.

“It was a really disappointing performance from the players, we didn’t start the game very well and didn’t deal with the arial duels particularly well, especially in the penalty area and we were 2-0 down after fifteen minutes and deservedly so.

“We just didn’t get going at all in the first half and they put a lot on us in and around the back three and we didn’t do the basics well enough, we got in at half-time at 2-0, but really it could’ve been three or four.

“We regrouped and said let’s show them what we’re about now and credit to them they did that and started competing, winning second and third balls and we played with a little more tempo and energy, which we definitely lacked in the first half.

“We made a few changes and we got it back to 3-2 and had a couple of good chances to equalise, which we didn’t take and then they scored on the counter-attack which is disappointing, so overall, a lot of learning to take from the game."

The result means the Sky Blues fall adrift of their fellow play-off competitors, but Thompson still emphasised the importance of going all-out for the remainder of the season.

“We said to the players we’ve got six cup finals left now and I think we have got to go and win every game which will mean it’s a big ask to go and get in the play-offs, but it’s more than doable and it’s a challenge the players are relishing and looking forward to.

“We’ve had an unbelievable season, with the amount of injuries, challenges and setbacks we’ve had to overcome, the players have been outstanding, so this is a one-off but they know they didn’t hit the levels required in the game.

“We said after the game that we can’t feel sorry for ourselves, we’ve got to go again and work harder and train harder and want to learn and be better from the game, applying that into training and next Saturday.”

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