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Chelsea's youths were beaten 3-2 at Coventry on Saturday, but coach Adi Viveash was encouraged by some impressive attacking football.

Having fallen behind early, the young Blues got themselves in front through goals from Philipp Prosenik and schoolboy Reuben Loftus-Cheek, but were pegged back before half-time, and conceded a winner in the second half.

'We had some fantastic attacking play at times, the big difference I think was that in the first 20 minutes we could have been three or four up but we weren't ruthless enough,' Viveash said afterwards. 'We had three one-on-ones and just made the wrong decision or took too long.

'We conceded three soft goals, the first was a diagonal long ball, the number nine and Rohan Ince competed for the ball, it dropped down and he just nicked it past Mitchell and won the penalty. I don't think there was a lot of contact but they scored and we were 1-0 down again.'

We equalised through Prosenik, who chested down a lofted Nathaniel Chalobah pass, turned and finished, before going in front through 15-year-old Reuben Loftus-Cheek, who finished his one-on-one after Amin Affane had played him in from the left.

A minute later we were level however, as concentration in defence dropped and Todd Kane was beaten to the ball inside the area by the Coventry forward who levelled the scores with a powerful finish.

Coventry's winner came into the second half, when a looping header beat goalkeeper Mitchell Beeney to inflict a third defeat of the season on our Academy side.

'It was harsh on the lads because I felt we outplayed them and we dominated the match,' Viveash assessed. 'I don't want to stop any of our attacking flair but conceding a lot of goals is not good. We have a different back four every week and you won't get continuity but we need to make little adjustments and have the same desire in defence as we do on the front foot.

'It was good for Rohan to play 90 minutes and he looked like his old self, Philippp Prosenik did 70 and got himself a goal, so that's very positive too. Nathaniel Chalobah asked to play which is important, and he has to find a level within that group, his challenge is to be the best player every week.

'John Swift and Loftus-Cheek were the best players. He is developing very nicely and has got a lot of potential, Reuben. He can play centre-back or midfield. There were a lot of positives and we have to be careful the lads don't get too down.

'We're not saying it's okay to go out and lose, we promote a winning mentality but we want to do it the right way and some of the football they are playing is of a very high level.'

Chelsea (4-3-3): Mitchell Beeney; Todd Kane, Rohan Ince, Nathaniel Chalobah ©, Adam Nditi; Archange Nkumu (Alastair Gordon 80), John Swift, Reuben Loftus-Cheek, Lewis Baker, Philipp Prosenik (Ismail Seremba 70), Amin Affane.

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Has Prosenik got a futre at the club, in your well-educated opionion Esk?

And how about Mitrovic? Haven't heard much about him lately, heard he was meant to be the brightest striker we have or something.

Both have fantastic ability to score goals, both have suffered serious long term injury. This is what they dealing with at the moment, returning from those lay offs. If they can come out the other side in the form they had before then yes they have a future, both are struggling for games and form at the moment though.

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