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Williams learns a lot from Torquay test

Luke Williams says City’s pre-season game with Torquay United offered him the perfect insight into his development group.

A youthful City side were beaten 2-0 by a James Gray brace in final ten minutes in Devon, with head coach Lee Johnson watching on from the stands.

For new Under-23 coach Williams in the dugout, he declared himself pleased with the opportunity to get to know his charges in a match situation.

“It was a perfect game for us because the opposition was experienced, powerful and well organised,” he told BCTV.

“It tested our players in every department and we learnt a lot about them. I need to learn all about the group quickly.

“My responsibility is to try and accelerate the players’ progress and push through the ones I believe can help the head coach in the first team.

“The players need to pass all the tests because they know it’s the survival of the fittest in this game.”

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Five of the starting XI boasted first-team experience, including Scott Golbourne, Zak Vyner, Diego De Girolamo and Taylor Moore.

But it was goalkeeper Ivan Lucic who made a big impression, albeit on a night when he was tested on a number of occasions.

Williams added: “It’s fair to say Ivan made some terrific saves throughout the evening but to be honest we expected that from him.”