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INTERVIEW: Bradley Stretton reflects on Crewe draw and his recent run of U21s games

The Sky Blues were held to a goalless draw by Crewe in Coventry...

6 April 2023

Sky Blues youngster Bradley Stretton says he and his teammates were frustrated with their draw against Crewe Alexandra on Thursday afternoon, despite extending their unbeaten run in the Professional Development League to four matches.

City dominated against the Alex, forcing multiple saves from their goalkeeper with Justin Obikwu and Will Bapaga both being denied.

However, with the win out of reach, the young Sky Blues ensured they were not beaten by the Railwaymen with Stretton and his fellow defenders keeping a hard-earned clean sheet.

Stretton forced his way into the Sky Blues Under-21 side earlier this season, stepping up after impressing for the Club at Under-18 level.

And his recent performances have ensured that the spot at left-back has remained his ahead of Wednesday night's important Birmingham Senior Cup meeting with non-league senior side Alvechurch.

Speaking after the goalless draw, Stretton discussed the performance, the result and his aims for the rest of the campaign.

On the draw against Crewe:

"We created a lot of chances and we moved the ball well. We just couldn't unlock the defence and get an opportunity to score.

"We had one or two chances to win the game but we just couldn't find that goal.

"Crewe did not have a chance to score all game. We kept battling but we couldn't break the door down and get the goal we needed to."

On the recent run of impressive results:

"We're still feeling good. We should have won on Monday, but we drew, the same as today.

"We're creating chances and dominating teams. Sometimes that's all you can do.

"We've played four games at the CBS and we've won all four so hopefully we can repeat that again on Wednesday against Alvechurch."

On his own recent run with the Under-21s:

"I am really enjoying my football at the moment. I am playing in both the Under-21s and the Under-18s, so I am getting two games per week at the moment. That is good for me and my development.

"My aim now is to stay in this Under-21s team and to score a few goals between now and the end of the season."

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