The Dugout #11Date: 16 November 2017 at 12:44 by Liam Cook
After a strong week for Coventry United, Liam catches up with Assistant Manager Luke Morton. On the agenda this week, pitches, performances, youth and competition for places.
Liam - A rather a successful week for Coventry United. Let's start with the trip to Quorn in the FA Vase. A 6-0 thrashing, was this something the team expected? Was the win as comfortable as the scoreline suggests?
Luke - Yes, it has been a successful week, 8 goals and 2 clean sheets, very positive stuff. We had watched Quorn, and to be honest, we knew they were struggling, so yes we actually did expect to win, and to win comfortably. When teams are struggling you need to be ruthless and go for the early goal because it will dent an already fragile confidence. That's exactly what we did. The win was comfortable and could of been more, but to be fair to Quorn they created a few openings themselves. If it wasn't for Mozza at his sharpest then they would of had a couple of goals, but ultimately it was a comfortable win.
Liam - The Third Round Draw was made on Monday, and what a tie we received, Bromsgrove away. Were the management hoping for an easier tie or will the game at the Victoria Ground provide a welcome challenge to the squad?
Luke - To be honest we weren't bothered who we got because to go far in the FA Vase, you have to beat some top teams. Bromsgrove are one of those top teams. It would have been nice to get a home draw, but i am sure the Red and Green Army will enjoy their trip to Bromsgrove, and we will certainly be going there holding no fears, even though Bromsgrove will go into the game as clear favourites. However, there is a lot of football to be played before that tie.
Liam - And onto the Heanor game. Were there any nerves heading into the match knowing what happened at the Town Ground last year?
Luke - There were no nerves going into the game. Every game we go into we go into win, and last season's game was well in the past, so it didn't even come into our thoughts. We knew it was going to be a tough game and all the problems before the game with the lads being held up in traffic didn't help the situation. The lads dug in and put in an excellent display, and we were worthy winners in the end.
Liam - The star of the game had to be young Nathan Cadby from the Under 21s. Knowing how much young talent we have, could we see players from the youth squads play more prominent roles this season?
Luke - Nathan was brilliant, to come on as sub so early in the game, go into a position that was so un-natural to him and put in the performance he did was just fantastic. Jamie and the U21 management team have done a brilliant job, and it goes to show that when called upon the younger lads are more than capable of doing a job. Maybe we as the senior management team haven't used the younger lads like we should have, but Nathan Cadby has certainly shown that the Under 21s are definitely capable of stepping up, this should show the other youngsters the way forward and that we are going to be picking them in the near future.
Liam - The recent performances of Rich Morris have been incredible. When Scott Dutton becomes available for selection again, how difficult will it be to choose between these two exceptional shot stoppers?
Luke - Mozza is a top class stopper and his recent performances have shown that. Scott will become available again very soon, so it just gives extra competition to the pair of them. In my experience the more competition for places the better, as it brings out the best in the individual.
Liam - Back to the Butts Park Arena this weekend. Within the first few weeks, the players began to complain that the pitch wasn't perfect. Have the squad adapted to the surface now?
Luke - The pitch isn't an issue at all. We're used to it now, and over the past few weeks it's improved massively. We will go about our business as usual on Saturday and put in another good shift against a good team in Long Eaton, who will turn up ready to take the 3 points. The fans have been fantastic the last 2 games, putting in the miles to follow us, so we wanna thank them by putting on a top performance at our home ground. Hopefully we will hear "If The Kids Are United" a few times.