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ACADEMY: Gary Mills reflects on Under-18s 1-0 victory over Ipswich Town

Aidan Dausch scored the only goal of the game...

17 April 2023


ACADEMY: Gary Mills reflects on Under-18s 1-0 victory over Ipswich Town

Aidan Dausch scored the only goal of the game...

17 April 2023

The Sky Blues Under-18s capped off a three-game-week, with victory over Ipswich Town on the road in the Professional Development League.

Aidan Dausch scored the only goal of the game in the first half, latching onto a ball into the box from Charlie Manners, which he dispatched calmly.

Victory against the Tractor Boys means it’s an unbeaten week for City’s youngsters, who drew with Burnley and beat Sheffield United, all away from home.

Reflecting after the final whistle, Under-18s coach, Gary Mills believes a long week played it’s toll on his side, but was pleased to come away with three points, despite the tired performance.

“The actual performance on Saturday wasn’t great,” Mills said.

“The lads fell below the standards. We didn’t impose ourselves on the game and we lacked energy throughout.

“I reminded the boys at half-time of the standards we have set, because we were disappointed with the first half.

“However, it was good to go into the break in front, but we still demand those high standards, even though we were winning 1-0.”

Mills believes that having played three games in a week, all away from home, was the reason behind tired legs against Ipswich.

“We’ve had three games in the week against and to pick up two wins and a draw is a fantastic effort.

“The lads did look tired and fatigued in the game against Ipswich, so fair play to them that they went on to win the game.

“You could tell the week had taken a toll. All three games were away, so there’s been a lot of travelling and all the games were tough.”

Despite being slightly disappointed with the performance, to come away with three points and cap off a good week for the Under-18s, Mills was positive in his reflection.

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“It’s been a really positive week.

“We had the under-16s with us all week, which has been good for them to get a better understanding of the culture we’re trying to create.

“We had an under-15s playing left-back against Ipswich and Sheffield United, which is a great experience for him.”

Those results coincided with the Under-21s reaching the Birmingham Senior Cup final last week, with a 3-2 victory over Alvechurch.

That squad saw six of Mills’ group involved in the matchday squad, whether that be starting or amongst the substitutes, something the 18s coach was delighted with.

“John Dempster and Chris Allen need to take real credit because they’re really involving the under-18s, but that’s not to say that they’re not in there on merit.

“I thought some of the performances from the unde-18s in the 21s have been fantastic. The likes of Tristen Batanwi, Callum Perry, Evan Eghosa, Elliot Betjemann and Rylie Siddall.

“That exposure to 21s football, for first year scholars, shows that pathway and if they are delivering high levels in training and games then they will get opportunities.”



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