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ACADEMY: Under-18s get off to winning start

Under-18s get off to winning start…

22 August 2022

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ACADEMY: Under-18s get off to winning start

Under-18s get off to winning start…

22 August 2022

The Sky Blues Under-18s began their Professional Development League campaign with a 2-1 away win against Swansea City on Saturday.

Tristen Batanwi and Aiden Dausch were on target for City, who came from behind to take victory at the Swans' Landore Training Ground.

“We started the game really well on the front foot and we pressed really aggressively," said Thompson, speaking after the match.

"We should’ve gone two or three goals up early on. The learning we’ve got to take away is how we conceded against the run of play. There was one ball in behind, we should’ve defended the space a lot better and then we were 1-0 down.

“But credit to the players from coming from behind. Bradley Stretton slid in Tristen Batanwi, who took a lovely touch away from the defender and equalised.

“We then showed the resilience in the second-half to go and knick another. Aidan Dausch scored the winner and overall we’re delighted with the performance and that gives us a platform to build on. 

“I was really pleased with the subs and the impact they had on the game when they came off the bench because they had an impact and brought some energy.”

After a strong showing from the Under-18s last season, Thompson and the other academy staff welcomed a new crop of youngsters into the fold as they continue to progress through the Sky Blues' youth ranks.

Those new players have settled in well during pre-season after adapting to a more "full-on" training regime at the club, said Thompson.

“They found it tough at the start with the changes to training, coming in early in the mornings rather than training in the evening, so they found that difficult to begin with," he continued.

“In pre-season they started embedding themselves into the programme and got on really well buying into the ideas and it’s all about the individual development. It’s been a really good pre-season and a lot to work on.

“The players want to do well in the league and we’ve got to keep playing good football in our style and our philosophy that the club demand of coaches and players and we did that on Saturday. 

“We passed the ball well and we were brave to play through the thirds and created a lot of chances.

"During the first-half, we dominated the ball and dominated a good Swansea side, so it was disappointing we didn’t go three of four up and half-time - but credit to the players for showing good resilience to get the win in the end."

The Sky Blues U18s will next take to the field against Colchester United on Saturday, August 27.


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