Rioch Pleased With U18's Start To 2012

Last updated : 10 January 2012 By Covsupport News Service

Coventry City U18’s boss Gregor Rioch was pleased with City’s start to a busy month of fixtures. 

Having beaten Bristol City 1-0 on Saturday thanks to a 76th minute goal from Billy Daniels, the Sky Blues travel to Aston Villa on Saturday before next Tuesday’s FA Youth Cup Fourth Round tie at Blackburn Rovers, followed by a home game against Reading and a trip to Watford. 

Speaking to the CT, Rioch said: “The lads were back on it at the weekend in a tight and tough game against Bristol City and we’re looking forward to a difficult month. 

“They were a bit rusty because it was their first game for a few weeks and their passing not as crisp as it usually is but it was a good result against a strong side who fielded three Under-19s. 

“Being top of the league we’re finding that a lot of teams are using the three Under-19s rule so it is all credit to our boys for maintaining their run. 

“Billy was slipped through for a one-on-one with the keeper and if there is anyone we would want in that position it is him. 

“We’ve got a difficult game at Villa this weekend and then we turn our attention to the youth cup again. 

"The lads did really well in the third round and it was nice to go through because we haven’t progressed to the fourth round for a few years. 

“The lads managed to hold out in the end at Bristol Rovers and go to Ewood Park to play a strong Blackburn side next Tuesday, 

“They are in the top two of their Premier Academy League and were beaten narrowly 1-0 by Man City at the weekend.”