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INTERVIEW: Chay Thompson Wigan Athletic Reaction

15 wins in the past 16…

28 January 2022

The Sky Blues Under-18s continued their impressive league form with a 2-0 home win versus Wigan Athletic.

Victory against Wigan means that the under-18s remain top of the league, with six league wins on the bounce.

Sky Blues Professional Development Phase Coach, Chay Thompson, says his side controlled the game and were well worthy of their win.

“I thought we deserved to win the game, overall we were the better side, first half they had a couple of real good chances which they didn’t take and then second half we had to change the system a little bit because it wasn’t quite working for us first half.

“We brought Charlie Manners off the bench and he scored with his first or second touch, so it was pleasing to take the lead and then we won the game with ten minutes to go, with Abel Alabi scoring a header at the back post from a well worked corner, so overall pleased with the win and the performance in the second half especially."

City’s only league defeat this season came against the Latics in the reverse fixture, back in November, and Thompson highlighted the differences that led the Sky Blues to the right side of the result this time out.

“We were a bit more clinical this game and we got into good areas of the pitch and were more ruthless around the penalty area, we took our chances and in the end we were solid at the back and well organised and made it difficult for them to break us down, in the end we deserve the three points, which is pleasing for us all.

“We’re talking one game at a time, so it was just to go keep doing what we’re doing, we believe we can beat anyone on our day and that’s the belief we have going into it, we’ve lost one in our last 16 in the league and cup, which is an unbelievable record at this level and it’s four clean sheets in the past six, so there’s loads of positives, the lads are in a good place, they just need to keep working hard to progress and be better.

“We haven’t lost a game all season at home, which again, is pleasing, I think we’re making it a tough place for people to come and play us which is important, the last time we lost at home was a year ago, so that’s pleasing and we’ve got to keep looking to do that.”

The Sky Blues face up against Barnsley next time out, in a top of the table clash, and Thompson looked foward to when they will welcome the 2nd-place side.

“We take each game as it comes, we’ve got Barnsley next, we don’t look really at where we are in the table or how many points we need, it’s one game at a time, we’re top, they’re second, so that will be a real good game which we’re looking forward to.

“It’ll be a tough game against a good opposition, it was a tough game at their place earlier in the season, a 0-0 draw, very cagey and there wasn’t much going on, there’s no easy game in the level and that’s why the table is so close.

“We’ll look at Barnsley, see how we can hurt them and obviously limit their threats as well.”


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