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U21: Crewe Alex 1-1 Coventry City

17 March 2014

James Maddison's goal looked like it had secured all three points only for a late Billy Waters strike to deny the Sky Blues...

Coventry City Under-21s secured a valuable point in a 1-1 draw at Crewe Alexandra.

Ian Foster's side went ahead with just four minutes remaining through James Maddison but Billy Waters' 89th minute strike rescued a point for the home side.

Billy Daniels captained the side against the Alex whilst Mark Marshall played a full 90 minutes despite his substitute appearance against Port Vale on Sunday.

Celtic loanee Dylan McGeouch started the game before being substituted in the 75th minute for Ben Stevenson.

Ivor Lawton thought he had put the Sky Blues ahead in the when he raced through in the 62nd minute to produce a brilliant lob over the keeper, only for the linesman's flag to be raised. 

Eventually, City's pressure paid off when substitute James Maddison was played through by Louis Garner and he lobbed the keeper to put City ahead in the 86th minute.

City were unable to claim the victory though as in the last minute of the game, Waters equalised for the Alex.

Under-21s coach Ian Foster said: "We came out really strong in the second half. There was a much higher intensity and we dominated the ball for large periods.

"Billy Daniels did really well today to get on to the ball and make good use of it. With five minutes to go, we scored a great goal so it is disappointing we couldn't hold out for the win.

"We conceded with 30 seconds of normal time to go but we've got to look at the positives. Crewe put us to the sword earlier in the season so it shows how far some of these players have come.

"It's a really good point and we had some really good performers out there so we will definitely be taking the positives out of the game."


Team

Coventry City U21s: Burge (GK), Smith, Haynes, Finch, Lawton, Trialist (Stevenson 46), McGeouch (Rankin 75), Daniels, Maund (Maddison 46), Garner, Marshall.

Subs not used: Gott (GK), Harries.

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