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"It was my first start and I really wanted to score. I need to catch Adam up!" Coventry City's Marc-Antoine Fortune

3 October 2015

The Sky Blues striker was delighted to net on his first home start and said he may ask manager Tony Mowbray for penalty duty in the future...

Coventry City's Marc-Antoine Fortune admitted he was desperate to net in his first start against Shrewsbury at the Ricoh Arena.

The 34-year old, in his first start for the club, achieved his aim by scoring a penalty on the stroke of half-time.

The former West Bromwich Albion and Celtic striker was in impressive form as he set up both of Adam Armstong's goals in the dominant victory.

Armstrong picked up the ball when the penalty was given, but Fortune spoke to the Newcastle loanee who happily presented him with the ball and the opportunity for his goal. Fortune made no mistake and was delighted to cap his first City start with his first strike for the club.

"In my first start I wanted to score that goal," Fortune said.

"It was my first game so I wanted to take it. I spoke with Arma and he was happy to give me the ball, I was confident. I need to catch him up!

"We missed one against Southend so maybe I'm the one for the penalties now! I'll have to ask the manager. 

"I've played with Arma in training, we tried to work together before the game and I talked to him to say I'm here to help him keep scoring goals and we can compete together.

"But it was a really good performance and I'm delighted to make my home debut and net my first for the club. I have been patient and have worked really hard with my fitness to get into the side, so to score in my first start was really pleasing."

The front-line was in impressive form today but the Sky Blues kept their fourth clean sheet of the season and never really looked like conceding.

Fortune believes that a good team display from back to front was the main reason behind the clean sheet, but praised the back-five for keeping their concentration.

He added: "I think we needed a clean sheet after last weekend. We knew it could be the difference.

"The defence and the midfielders were impressive and we had to keep our concentration at the back.

"But we also lead from the front, we didn't make it easy for them to score and play. But the defence and midfield were impressive and we look forward to going again on Tuesday night."

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