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New signings score as Coventry City kick off pre-season tour with win over AS Roma B

21 July 2014

New Sky Blues duo Shaun Miller and Danny Pugh get on the scoresheet in friendly win over the Giallorossi

Coventry City kicked off their pre-season tour of Italy with a 2-0 win over AS Roma B in Trentino courtesy of strikes from two of City's summer signings.

Striker Shaun Miller opened the scoring for the Sky Blues in the first half before fellow new arrival Danny Pugh struck a set piece in the latter stages of the game to double City's advantage and help secure a clean sheet.

Boss Steven Pressley started the clash at Levico Terme with loan goalkeeper Ryan Allsop behind a back four of Jordan Willis, Jordan Clarke, Danny Seaborne and Ryan Haynes.

A flat midfield four of Jim O'Brien, Conor Thomas, John Fleck and Ivor Lawton then sat behind a front two of Miller and trialist Marcus Tudgay.

It was a perfect start for Miller who signed a one-year deal with the club only days before the trip to the continent, breaking free down the left side before sliding a finish past the Roma 'keeper.

Both sides had to battle through extremely wet conditions and the home side's best chance of the half actually came courtesy of a set piece ten minutes before the break, Allsop producing a superb save to keep City ahead.

The second half then brought about wholesale changes from Pressley who only retained Lawton and Seaborne for the second half, bringing on Lee Burge, Aaron Phillips, Andy Webster and Pugh to join Seaborne at the back, with Danny Swanson, Billy Daniels and Jack Finch in midfield and an up front pairing of George Thomas and James Maddison.

With the heavy downpours continuing the Sky Blues continued to try and play their passing game but their second goal did not come from open play.

It came in the form of a set piece from Danny Pugh after 74 minutes, the full back making a good connection with the ball and firing through the box and past the 'keeper.

It could have been 3-0 with two minutes to go when James Maddisohn jinked past two players and floated a ball to the far post for Conor Thomas who headed back into the hands of the 'keeper.

City saw out the closing stages though to kick off their tour with a win and a clean sheet to take into their clash with Chievo Verona on Wednesday.

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