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RECORD: Coventry City's back-four in the 2-0 win against Walsall confirmed as the youngest in the club's history

6 January 2015

The Sky Blues' back-four played a crucial role in the 2-0 win over Walsall at the Bescot Stadium and are record-breakers...

Coventry City's defence against Walsall has now been confirmed as the youngest ever in the club's history. 

With Aaron Martin and Andy Webster ruled out, manager Steven Pressley had to start a back-four of Aaron Phillips (21), Matthew Pennington (20), Jordan Willis (20) and Ryan Haynes (19).

All except Pennington are products of the Coventry City Academy and the back-four defended brilliantly to keep City's fourth clean sheet in five games as City secured a 2-0 win.

The average age of the back-four was 20 years and three months, beating the previous record by five months when the Sky Blues played Manchester City in January 1982 in the FA Cup with a back-four of Peter Hormantschuk, Paul Dyson, Gary Gillespie and David Barnes.

The previous record in a league game was a week before the FA Cup tie against Ipswich Town at Highfield Road when the back four was Danny Thomas, Paul Dyson, Gary Gillespie & David Barnes, average age 20 years and 10 months.

The average age of the defence dropped during the Walsall win as Jack Finch came on for Aaron Phillips in the second-half which meant the game ended with the average age at 19 years and seven months.

With thanks to club historian Jim Brown, @clarriebourton, who discovered the record. 

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