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Interview: Coughlan pleased to see youngsters learn lessons

14 August 2014

Graham Coughlan was happy to see Blues’ youngsters learn from the lessons of their 6-4 defeat to Colchester United, as they beat Brighton & Hove Albion 2-1.

Jack Bridge and Dan Matsuzaka, on his birthday, got the goals from Coughlan’s side against the Seagulls at Boots & Laces on Wednesday.

After the crazy game against the U’s the week before, Coughlan was pleased to see an obvious progression in their approach to the game.

He said: “We had a session on Tuesday where we worked on the tactics, and did a little bit on the board on Wednesday morning to get them prepared.

“The lads took everything on board really well. It was a solid defensive display but we also played some very positive stuff going forward.

“Dan Matsuzaka had a great game in the defence and got the winning goal, so it was a great birthday for him.

“We had a very young back four but they dealt with everything Brighton threw at them. I was very pleased with their performance.

“It’s great to see them learning and taking on board the messages we’re trying to get across. There’s a lot of potential here at the club.”

Jack Bridge watched Jack Payne put in an impressive performance the previous day against Walsall in the Capital One Cup, and Coughlan says Payne’s display will give Bridge and the other youngsters belief.

He added: “Jack plays in a similar position to Payney and it was nice to see him get a goal against Brighton.

“Not just for Jack, but all the younger players, they are all looking to emulate what Payney has achieved.

“Ted Smith has taken the development team captain’s armband for the season. He’s a real leader and put in a top display against Brighton.”

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