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ACADEMY: Mark Delaney proud of Coventry City Under-18s despite FA Youth Cup exit

Coventry City Under-18s made their FA Youth Cup exit over the weekend, losing 3-0 to Millwall on Friday evening...

5 February 2024

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ACADEMY: Mark Delaney proud of Coventry City Under-18s despite FA Youth Cup exit

Coventry City Under-18s made their FA Youth Cup exit over the weekend, losing 3-0 to Millwall on Friday evening...

5 February 2024

Coventry City Under-18s manager Mark Delaney believes his side were unfortunate to find himself on the wrong end of a defeat against Millwall on Friday evening, a defeat that saw them exit the FA Youth Cup.

The young Sky Blues impressed during the first half against the young Lions but were caught twice on the break before half-time, resulting in them going into the interval two goals behind.

Speaking following the defeat, Delaney praised his young side, who will now turn their attention to the remainder of the Professional Development League campaign.

Firstly Mark, what were your thoughts on Friday night's defeat in the FA Youth Cup?

We were right up for it and we did really well over the course of the night, even though we were on the wrong end of the result.

We went into the break two goals down after 45 minutes of football that I felt was 50/50. We had good possession in good areas and I was really disappointed by that.

We were still in the game but, during the second half, we didn't really get going and Millwall left the Coventry Building Society Arena fully deserving to go through.

Despite the defeat, your young players must have taken so much from the competition, having beaten Preston North End and Barnsley?

We wanted more out of it, in all honesty. We felt there was an opportunity to progress even further. We have spoken about how good a year this has been for us but credit to Millwall, who came here with a plan and executed that.

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This is a big competition for our young players. We experienced joy against Preston and Barnsley and hopefully they learn from this disappointment. 

What will be the aim now, as you look ahead to the rest of the season?

We've done well this season but this is almost certainly a missed opportunity. However, we've all thoroughly enjoyed the FA Youth Cup run.

There are still some really big teams left in it and good luck to Millwall in the next round. 

I will now focus on picking the boys up because there is a lot of the season still to go.


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