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ACADEMY: Coventry City Under-18s storm to 8-1 victory over Hull City

City's youngsters built on their bounce-back win over Sheffield Wednesday...

17 October 2023

Mark Delaney says his entire Coventry City Under-18s group are deserving of praise after their emphatic 8-1 triumph over Hull City on Saturday.

Aidan Dausch netted four to add to goals from Conrad Ambursley (2), Charlie Finney and Rylie Siddall at the Alan Higgs Centre.

City were four goals up at the break and continued their rampage after the interval with a performance that ensured they built on their win over Sheffield Wednesday last time out.

"Everything clicked for us on Saturday. The boys were absolutely outstanding from minute one to minute 90," said coach Delaney.

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"We were really, really pleased to have built on a win last time out, but not a great performance, against Sheffield Wednesday. We were happy to win that one but this weekend we got a win that we felt came with a performance that deserved it.

"Everybody was pleased and now it's all about building on that as we looked ahead to next weekend's Cup clash.

"It was a collective team performance, which is really important. The boys have been working hard on the grass. I am relatively new, and I have some new ideas, but the philosophy of the Academy is going to come through regardless of the coach.

"I have put a little stamp on things and I am very demanding of my players - and I want to see that on a matchday. I'd like to think that over the last few weeks, we have started to see little green shoots and, as I said, on Saturday we saw a complete performance."

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He added: "Our challenge now is to ensure that such a performance is not a one-off."

"To win 8-1, it has to be a collective team performance and all of my Under-18s players should be pleased with themselves," continued Delaney.

"Dausch scored four goals which, at any level, is a good achievement. Joseph McCallum also impressed, after a period in which he has been in and out of the team. He put in as good a performance as I have seen from a first-year scholar. 

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"Also, Charlie Finney and Rylie Siddall both did well, both getting a goal in the process - but I do think it is the entire eleven who deserve the praise."

City's youngsters will next be in action on Saturday when they take on Oxford United in a Cup clash in Oxfordshire.

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