Matt Gill said he was immensely proud of his Under-23s despite them being beaten 2-1 away at Southampton in Premier League 2.
City conceded early on and even after Timi Odusina was shown a red card midway through the match, Gill’s men showed character and quality to equalise through Adam Phillips.
Although Southampton stole the points in stoppage-time, the Under-23s Head Coach revealed his pride at his team’s performance and application.
Speaking post-match, Gill said: “I was pleased with aspects of the first-half but I didn’t think we showed enough quality. We were a little bit sloppy with the ball which is unlike us.
“I asked us to press a little bit higher and get on the front foot but obviously conceding the first goal early on put the boys on the back foot.
“We still tried to press and take the game to Southampton but in the second-half, I was so proud of the lads.
“They stuck together and showed a real intensity. No one was on the periphery of the game, everyone was involved in it and the quality the boys showed with ten men was excellent.
“We dominated the ball, had real intensity without the ball and really showed some good stuff.”
City now have a month until their next competitive match and Gill hopes to arrange a couple of friendlies to keep his team’s match-sharpness up.
“We have a break but it’s important the boys take everything from tonight forward,” he continued.
“I’ve said to the boys in the dressing room that they have to keep progressing and be ready for what’s next.”