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"As a Coventry City supporter, nothing beats beating the Villa, even if it is a friendly." - Coventry City's Ivor Lawton

6 August 2014

The City Under-21s captain has also praised the performances of goalkeeper Jake Richards and Devon Kelly-Evans...

Coventry City midfielder Ivor Lawton has revealed 'nothing beats beating the Villa' after the Under-21s' 1-0 friendly win over Aston Villa yesterday.

In the behind-closed-doors friendly at Ryton, the Sky Blues won the game through an 80th minutes deflected strike from Under-18s midfielder Devon Kelly-Evans.

City should have won the game by a bigger margin as the Villa keeper Benjamin Siergrist denied Shaun Miller, John Fleck and George Thomas from point-blank range in the first-half. 

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Lawton, who used to have a season ticket in the West End Terrace at Highfield Road as a child, captained the side to victory with a solid defensive performance and he was delighted with the team's performance.

The 18-year old said: "I'm delighted with the team performance and as a Coventry City supporter, nothing beats beating the Villa, even if it is a friendly match.

"As soon as we started pressing higher up the pitch, we came into our own. They're a very good side but we deserved the win today. We should have been 3-0 up by half-time but we kept going in the second half and got our reward.

"I'm loving my time at the club at the moment. I'm playing out of position in defence but I'll play whether I'm put and just do my best there to prove to the management staff I've got what it takes.

"I played right and left wing when we were out in Italy so it shows I can do a job wherever I play but it would be nice to break into my own position in midfield as well."

The Coventry-born Academy graduate has featured heavily over the 2014/15 pre-season, playing 90 minutes during the impressive 2-1 win over Bristol Rovers on Friday night.

Lawton hopes his form in pre-season will help him break into the first-team and he reserved special praise for goalkeeper Jake Richards and midfielder Devon Kelly-Evans for their performances against the Villa.

He added: "I'd like to get as many games as I can to be honest. I'm not really one to enjoy sitting on the bench, even if it is for the first-team. 

"I'm working hard every day and working hard on my weaknesses to make sure I can break into the first-team. It would be a dream for me to play in the first-team so I'm going to go all-out to make sure I do it.

"I was really impressed with Jake Richards. He didn't put a foot wrong all game and some of the saves he produced were outstanding. He works hard so hard on and off the pitch. He is always helping out around the place and doing jobs which shows his professional approach to the game.

"It was great to see Devon get the goal. He is a great supporter of the club as well and after his performance on Saturday, I tweeted him after the game to congratulate him.

"It seemed all the Coventry fans who were there were impressed with him as well so he now has to keep his head down and work hard for the rest of the season."

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