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INTERVIEW: Ryan Howley previews Sky Blues U21's trip to Charlton

City will take on a Charlton U21s side who boast a 100% record in the PDL...

29 August 2022

Interviews

INTERVIEW: Ryan Howley previews Sky Blues U21's trip to Charlton

City will take on a Charlton U21s side who boast a 100% record in the PDL...

29 August 2022

Sky Blues youngster Ryan Howley says he and his Under-21s teammates will relish the challenge of facing an in-form Charlton Athletic on Tuesday afternoon (1pm).

The teenager played a central role in last week's 3-0 win over Reading U21, with the goals coming from Danny Cashman and Harrison Nee.

The result has seen the Sky Blues U21s side begin their campaign in the best possible fashion, just months on from their Professional Development League title triumph.

"I think we played really well against Reading, and it was a great start to the season," said Howley.

"We have picked up where we left off after clinching the Professional Development League title last season, and we have a great group of lads. There's no better start than three points.

"The lads are all really tight-knit. We all get on really well and we've carried on from last season, and we're continuing to gel.

"The pre-season has gone really well for us. We've learned a lot. For me, I have face different challenges and have played in different positions but I think I did quite well and I'm really excited for the season to come.

"The aim now is to build on last season and progress, game by game."

City named one overage player against Reading: suspended midfielder Gustavo Hamer.

The Dutch-Brazilian was there not only to maintain match fitness after picking up a red card for the senior side, but also to act as an on-field coach for the club's younger stars.

Tayo Adaramola and Fabio Tavares also played a part, with both assisting goals at The Alan Higgs Centre.

"It's always a great experience playing alongside Gustavo. He is one of the best midfielders in the Championship," continued Howley.

"It was great for all the lads to have him with us, not just for me.

"The way he plays and his aura, he stand out and it is so clear to see that he is a really good player."

Up next for John Dempster's side will come the long trip to Charlton to face a side who have won three from three so far this season, scoring 13 and conceding only four.

"We're looking forward to every game that comes our way," Howley added.

"It's not going to be an easy game, as Charlton are a good side and there could be first team players in action for them.

"We will relish that challenge and target another three points."


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