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INTERVIEW: Luke Tisdale Hull City Reaction

Sky Blues cruise to a 6-1 demolition…

2 February 2022

The Sky Blues Under-23s remain top of the table after a 6-1 thrashing of Hull City at the Alan Higgs Centre.

A Ryan Howley double, along with goals from Jay McGrath, Will Bapaga, Ricardo Dinanga, George Burroughs sealed a convincing victory for the young Sky Blues.

Under-23s boss Luke Tisdale shared his joy with what he believes to be the pinnacle of their season so far.

“I’m delighted.” Tisdale said. 

"I can’t speak highly enough of the lads, we’ve had some really good performances this year, that’s the best one I’ve seen and the best one I’ve seen in a long time.

“I just said to the lads at the end, I don’t know who to pick out, everyone has done their job to the max today, the attitude at 6-1 and Fabio Tavares running back 40 yards to win the ball, there’s not a lot more you can ask as a coach of young players, the effort, the work rate, and the quality.

“Complete team performance, great individual performances, good unit performances, good league performance, so I’m going home happy.

Pleased with his entire squad, Tisdale highlighted Aidan Finnegan as a top performer and praised the midfielder after another good performance following his return from a year-long injury.

“We spoke about him a couple of weeks ago and what a difficult journey he’s had to get back to fitness, we had the game against Northampton where you could see he was a little bit rusty, but equally you could see the qualities that he’s going to bring to the team.

“He probably needed that game to get it out of his system and I thought today he was magnificent, he allows you a real control of the game, the midfield two to dictate, him and Jonny Ngandu at the bottom of the box were brilliant and it allowed everyone else to get on with their jobs.

“Aidan Finnegan is a great kid and he deserves everything he’s got.”

Tisdale was also impressed with 18-year-old Ryan Howley, who bagged a brace on the day, and shared his thoughts on the midfielder’s development.

“It’s something that we’ve worked on with Ryan in the past couple of weeks, he’s come away from the first team group for a little breather and to work on his learning plan, which is arriving late in the penalty area and getting a few more goals.

“First half he made a lot of runs, where he didn’t get the ball, so you have to keep making those runs and keep doing it because ultimately someone is going to put you in.

"His two finishes were really calm, a touch out of his feet and stroked it in, it’s brilliant for him to get on the score sheet because he’s another that we’ve challenged to get more goals between now and the end of the season, that’s two for the season, but it’s not enough, he’s got a target we’ve set and he’s got to work towards that and he’s taken a decent chunk out of it already today."

Having been on the receiving end of defeat in the reverse fixture against Hull, Tisdale revelled at the outcome of the rematch and shared what’s in store for the remainder of the Under-23s season.

“We had a really tough time where we went up to Hull and they didn’t miss and we didn’t score and it was a real eye opener for us, we got the goals back and showed how much we’ve learnt since we went up there and again that’s a real pleasing aspect.

“We played the same shape as we did when we went up to Hull, we played it much better and the lads were probably devastated not to get the six goal swing back, but they’ll take the five.

“We make no secret about what we want to achieve as a group this season, the group are really keen to work towards that, we targeted this game as a game that was a must win in our goal-setting meeting a few weeks ago, we must beat them because they’re third, we’re first, what happened to us up there we wanted to put right."


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