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INTERVIEW: Chay Thompson Charlton Athletic Reaction

Semi-final win against the Addicks…

14 March 2022

The Sky Blues Under-18s triumphed 1-0 against Charlton Athletic to reach the final of the Premier League Cup.

An early Isaac Moore goal at the Alan Higgs Centre confirmed Coventry City Under-18s place in the Premier League Cup.

Professional Development Phase Coach Chay Thompson praised a formidable performance that earned his side a place in the competition’s final.

“The lads started the game really well, got a goal early on about ten minutes in, a nice finish from Isaac Moore with the outside of his foot.” Thompson said.

“They went into the game with a game plan and we executed it to a tee, we pressed aggressively and worked in different areas.

"We wanted to keep the ball in their half and we got our rewards and there should’ve been one or two more goals in the first half, but we didn’t take our chances which would’ve gave us a real platform to build on.

“We knew the strengths of Charlton, they’re seventeen points clear at the top of the table, they’ve got some good individual players, so we knew what threat they had.

"The plan was to limit their spaces and the distances between all the units were very good and we got the ball from back to front a little quicker which meant we kept them in their half which was a bonus.

“We got a bit of luck combined with some good defending around the penalty area and we deserved the win.

"It was probably one of the best performances of the season because we’ve got a day out to look forward to now in the final.”

Ipswich Town await the Sky Blues in the final, with the date yet to be confirmed.

The Under-18s are unbeaten against the Tractor Boys this season - drawing 1-1 and winning 6-2 in the previous league encounters.

Thompson previewed the occasion and what the achievement means for the Sky Blues academy outfit.

“We’ve got Ipswich in the final, we’ve played them twice and they’ve been two really good games, they’ve done well to get to a final as have we, it’ll be a different challenge.

“To a man, even the bench, they’ve all played a part to get to the final, even the lads who are injured but have played before, we deserve all deserve this for the hard work we’ve put in this season.

“They’re top and we’re third, it’ll be a different challenge, but we know we can beat anyone on our day if we turn up, but overall we know the players and the journey they’ve been on and the development, so that’s the main thing.”

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