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ACADEMY: Under-18s target bounce back from Crewe defeat

Coventry City Under-18s will take on Shrewsbury Town this Saturday, in the PDL Cup...

3 October 2022

Sky Blues Under-18s will turn their attention to the Professional Development League Cup this weekend as they look to bounce back from their defeat against Crewe Alexandra.

The youngsters were beaten 2-1 last time out, following a battle in which they had more than their fair share of chances to win the game.

Charlie Manners, a talented midfield player, was on target for City, firing home an equaliser after his side fell a goal behind.

However, despite a number of second half chances, it was the Alex who took all three points after restoring their lead after the interval.

"It was a disappointing result to lose away at Crewe, but the performance was a strong one in patches," said coach Eric Odhiambo, reflecting on the result.

"We fell behind early on and pulled it back to 1-1 thanks to a goal from Charlie, and after that we really felt that we were back in the game.

"Their second goal came from our own mistake and that took a little bit of the life out of us. From there, we stayed in the game but squandered a couple of chances that we should have taken."

Their meeting with Crewe ended a near-two-week wait for match action for the Under-18s, after being unable to fulfill their fixture against Barnsely one week prior.

The young Sky Blues made the trip towards South Yorkshire before being halted in a four-hour traffic jam that saw them miss the meeting altogether and return back down the M1 without having taken to the pitch.

"After seeing the Barnsley game postponed, the boys really needed some match action to get some energy into their legs," Odhiambo continued.

"We did all the work on the training pitch ahead of Barnsley but there was no game at the end of it.

"On the whole, the boys have been really good this season. There have been a few unfortunate injuries amongst the group but what that means is that the players who have remained fit have been given loads of minutes, which is good for their development.

"And on a personal level, as a coach, I have really enjoyed working closely with the Under-18s. They are of an age closer to my experiences as a player, myself."

Up next, Coventry City's Under-18s side will take on Shrewsbury Town in the Professional Development League Cup.

Last season, City made it the final, and this term they will be looking to go one step further.

"It will be a tough test. We have started off really well in the PDL Cup this season and it is, of course, a competition that we did so well in last term," he said.

"Our aim is just to give a really good account of ourselves and get as far as we can this season, and maintain that good start."

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