Coventry City Under-23s head coach Luke Tisdale has discussed his development side’s impressive start to the season.

The Sky Blues are currently top of the Professional Development League northern section following 10 wins from their opening 13 games.

City are also eight points clear of second placed Sheffield United, giving Tisdale’s side a great advantage to reach a place in the semi-finals.

“I think it’s been a really positive start to the season.” Tisdale told City’s club media. “That’s all down to the players and the support staff.

“I know I say it a lot, but they’re working hard in training and the level that they’re at in training is so high, so that’s the reason we are where we are.”

Some youngsters have often been handed the opportunity to play and train alongside the senior team players.

Tisdale admitted: “It’s no secret that we’ve used the 23s as a reserve team at times. It has had a massive benefit for the first team.

“We’ve seen Matty Godden score for the 23s on the Tuesday and then the winner for the first team on the Saturday.

“That’s exactly how it should be in our opinion, there’s been a massive benefit for the first team players as well as the under-23s.

“The lads have got to play with Liam Kelly for three games, which for the young players was unbelievable learning for them, so there’s been loads of good experiences for them.

“It’ll be interesting in the next six months, whether we see a couple go out on loan which will obviously weaken the side, but it will be good for their development, and we’ve got to try find a way to still be competitive in the league, but overall it’s been a brilliant start.”

City’s academy side have found the back of the net 32 times in just the opening 13 games of the campaign, a stark difference compared to last season.

Tisdale highlighted the importance of transmitting the club’s philosophy.

“We’ve never won a game this season by sacrificing our philosophy and the way we want to play, the games we’ve won, we’ve done it our way, adapting at times and changing slightly, but we’ve never once come away from it, which is pleasing.

“We’ll lose a couple games by sticking to the philosophy, but like I say last season was the opposite of this year, we had loads of players go out on loan, that made it really difficult for us, we were missing Eccles, Drysdale, and a few others, but then in the next sixth months because of covid and people getting recalled we were able to finish the season strongly.”

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