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"George's goal was one of the best I've seen, it was a good test for everyone." Coventry City's Jim O'Brien

21 July 2015

The City midfielder was full of praise for the young striker and is looking forward to another test on Saturday against Luton...

Coventry City midfielder Jim O'Brien waxed lyrical about George Thomas' goal against Portsmouth, saying it was "one of the best goals I've seen."

The Scot was full of praise for the young striker's efforts in the 2-1 defeat against the League Two favourites and was also keen to emphasise that it was a good test for the Sky Blues.

He said: "It was one of the best I've seen considering the fact that he is a young lad and he lead the line on his own tonight.

"The touch was excellent and he had the calmness and awareness to chip it over the 'keeper. He deserved it because he's worked so hard, I've seen George play and sometimes because he works so hard for the team, he doesn't get his just rewards, but he did tonight.

"It was a special goal and he's a really good lad so we're pleased for him.

"As for the team, it was a really good test. We didn't start very well but looked a different team in the second-half. There were a lot of positives, obviously we need to see where we can improve and it gets us a step closer to the start of the season."

The Sky Blues face Luton on Saturday in a fixture against another League Two promotion contender Luton Town at Kenilworth Road.

O'Brien says he is relishing the chance to put Tony Mowbray's work on the training pitch into a game and also said it was a clever move by the club to be playing the likes of Portsmouth and Luton before the campaign starts.

"We're enjoying pre-season," O'Brien added. 

"The manager has done a lot of coaching and it's up to us to put that on to the pitch, it's been a learning experience but a good one.

"I think it's good that the club have organised fixtures against - dare I say it - two promotion hopefuls from League Two.

"If you play Premier League teams you often have to sit behind the ball and don't get a full test. Against these teams you see both sides of the game and it's a better experience for everyone. You play against experienced players who look to rough you up and look to play. We're looking forward to the trip to Kenilworth Road, it will be much more of the same for us."

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