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Ciaren Jones on Under-23s draw and development on the pitch

18 December 2018

Under-23s centre-back Ciaren Jones teamed up with First Team defender Grant Hanley to deliver a solid performance in Monday night's draw against Sunderland.

Hanley has been included in the Under-23s squad for several games in the recent weeks as part of his return from injury, and Jones said the Scotsman's experience on the pitch is helping his development. 

“He’s very loud, that’s one thing to say about him," Jones said. "Grant always demands the best from everybody on the pitch.

“His communication is key because he won’t let anyone stop, which keeps all the players going and helps us make sure we are alert and switched on.”

Jones was an important figure for City throughout the game and conceded very few chances despite having to make several key tackles.

He said: “I think in the last couple of games I have played very well, since the Newcastle game really when I came back into the side.”

Jones was forced into a key tackle for the Canaries 10 minutes into the first half, putting in an exceptional challenge inside the City penalty area to stop Benjamin Kimpioka from being clean through on goal.

“I should have stopped it in the first place rather than having to make that last ditch tackle but I think I did well as I didn’t let my slip before it affect my game and I obviously made the recovery,” said Jones.

The 19-year-old defender thought City dominated large parts of the game, and were unlucky with a few decisions on the night.

He said: “I thought overall as a game we dominated the whole match. Sunderland tried to sit back and play on the counter attack.

“We were unlucky not to have been awarded a few penalties in the first half with fouls on Ant Spyrou and Grant Hanley, and then at the end the referee made a decision, but I think once you’ve made that decision you have to stick by it.”

Looking ahead to the rest of the season, Jones hopes his team can build on the improvements they have made in their last few games. 

"We had high expectations at the start of the season and I don’t think we are fulfilling them, but we have shown an improvement in the last few games and having David Wright as our permanent manager helps us."


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