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INTERVIEW: Coventry City Under-18s boss Mark Delaney previews huge FA Youth Cup clash

The young Sky Blues will take on Barnsley at the Coventry Building Society Arena...

16 January 2024

Club News

INTERVIEW: Coventry City Under-18s boss Mark Delaney previews huge FA Youth Cup clash

The young Sky Blues will take on Barnsley at the Coventry Building Society Arena...

16 January 2024

Coventry City Under-18s boss Mark Delaney says he and the Club's future stars are looking forward to seeing as many supporters as possible show up at the Coventry Building Society Arena on Wednesday night to cheer them on as they take on Barnsley in an important FA Youth Cup clash.

City's youngsters can book their place in the last 16 of this season's competition with a victory on home soil, where either Grimsby or Millwall will face them.

A win over the Tykes would represent the Club's best FA Youth Cup run for a number of years.

Adults can cheer on the young Sky Blues for just £5, with Under-18s tickets priced at just £1. All tickets will be pay on the gate.

Looking ahead to the fixture, Delaney expressed his excitement:

So, Mark, you head into this week's massive FA Youth Cup fixture off the back of an impressive victory over Hull City. Was that the ideal preparation?

Well, we tried to use Friday's game as preparation for Wednesday night and we managed to implement some bits that we'd like to take into that game.

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It was pleasing to start so well with an early goal against Hull, through Conrad Ambursley, because we are going to need to do that at the CBS Arena on Wednesday. It's our home fixture so we want to be on the front foot. It really settled us down and we were pleased with the overall performance.

It was a good game to prepare for what will be a really important fixture in the FA Youth Cup.

How tough a test will Barnsley be for our future stars?

It will be very tough. We played them earlier in the season and it was a difficult game. We came out on the end of a bad result.

They're very physical and we now know enough about them to know it is going to be a very tough game - but it's our home fixture and we will have some good support behind us.

How important will be it be for our young players that they have some solid support behind them at the Arena on Wednesday, and how much will the match be about them overcoming that pressure initially?

It is so important that we play in these competitions. As a young player, it is important that we have these experiences early in your career so that you know what to expect as you move up through the ranks.

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Some will rise to the ocassion and some will find it difficult, but from what I can see everyone is really excited about it and, obviously, we're all looking forward to seeing the fans there, and the first team staff, to get a good look at the talent that we have coming through!

This is a chance for us to showcase ourselves as an Academy.


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