Adam Phillips believes the inclusion of Academy players on the First Team bench is a great incentive for City’s youngsters.
Phillips was included in Daniel Farke’s 18-man squad for the Carabao Cup third round victory at Brentford and his midfield partner Todd Cantwell featured on the bench in the draw with Hull City on Saturday.
Speaking after the U23s drew with West Bromwich Albion on Sunday, Phillips said: “All the lads are proud of me and Todd being on the bench and it shows once you do start playing well, you’re not that far away from being in the first team and being given that chance.
“It gives us all hope in training and when it comes to matchdays we have to show what we can do and hopefully the manager sees that and gives us a chance, like he has done with me and Toddy.”
Phillips was awarded man of the match as the U23s drew for the fourth game in a row at the weekend.
City dominated the first half but conceded on 41 minutes before responding seconds later through Glenn Middleton.
They had the lion’s share of possession in the second half was struggled to break the resolute Albion defence down.
“We did everything we could apart from put the ball in the back of the net,” added Phillips. “I think they sat back into a deep formation and we tried to break them down.
“We did that but were very unlucky not to score in the end and come out with the win. Hopefully we’ll start to turn these draws into wins eventually.
“I was pleased with my performance. I always try and do my best for the team and try to create chances to score. Unfortunately we couldn’t get that goal in the end. But I’m pleased with my performance and hopefully I can build on it moving forward.”