Date: 9th October 2014 at 3:58pm
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Far from being disappointed at going out of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy to Coventry City the other night, manager Paul Tisdale preferred to focus on the positives and the learning curve it will have been for our younger lads in the side.

Speaking to the Official Site after the three one loss the gaffer knows our hand was forced in terms of people we were missing through knocks and international call ups, but he was delighted with those who came into the side.

Coming in for the first appearances were goalkeeper James Hamon, midfielder Jason Pope, Connor Riley-Lowe and Ollie Watkins and even 16 year old stopper Kavanagh Keadell also made his first appearance on the bench.

‘If I was to think of a phrase to describe our game it was that we were running on empty. In terms of numbers we were literally running on empty and it was a game too far for us. It was a great opportunity for our players to play – we had three players making their debuts.’

Tisdale goes on to say that unfortunately though in the game we just weren’t solid enough at the back, but as he’s told the players, given the circumstances that isn’t a criticism because basically ‘what do you expect?’ given the players missing, the players coming and the quality of the opposition to boot.

‘We did really well and played our game but we just weren’t tight enough as a team to get a result, but I really enjoyed it and the players enjoyed it, and we got a goal at the end. It was a really good learning opportunity for our players.’

The gaffer goes on to credit Hamon’s performance in his first competitive game as despite conceding three, he felt he showed a lot of composure between the sticks and he added that Connor Riley-Lowe had a good game at left back for us, but like all the youngsters in the side it’s a game under their belts, it’s an experience and they will benefit from it.

On the injury score, we can now add Jordan Taylor-Moore to that list because he has cracked his metatarsal again – a repeat of the injury he picked up in the tour of Brazil that kept him out for six matches.

Tisdale explains we are going to have to be very careful this time round given it’s an identical repeat injury and he expects him to be out longer than before, so probably ‘up to three months if all goes well’ and of course it’s a blow for the team and the player.