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“We have a young team and this type of game will set them up for the future." - Coventry City's Marcus Tudgay

13 August 2016

The Sky Blues frontman commended the talent of young midfielder Ben Stevenson, as City register a goalless draw against the Shrews...

Striker Marcus Tudgay was left frustrated as the Sky Blues battled to a goalless draw against Shrewsbury Town at the Ricoh Arena. 

Despite dominating possession and creating multiple chances, particularly in the first-half, the Sky Blues couldn’t break the deadlock. Some resolute defending did however ensure their first clean sheet of the new campaign.

Kyel Reid and Sam Ricketts both went close from smart set-piece routines and Vladimir Gadzhev saw his effort hit the side netting all before the interval.  

A second-half substitute, Tudgay gave his assessment of the game: “We had our chances and kept they ball very well at times, but you have to give Shrewsbury credit, they’re a solid and physical team.” 

“We have a young team and these type of games will set them up for the future. We’ve got to just keep believing and the goals will come.” 

Despite the disappointing outcome, Tudgay was quick to praise 19-year old Ben Stevenson. The midfielder made his professional debut in the victory against Portsmouth in midweek and impressed enough to retain his starting berth today. 

“Even from pre-season he has been very impressive and when called upon he hasn’t looked out of place at all,” Tudgay added. 

“As we say, the simple passes are the best passes and he’s doing that for us. One moment he is dictating the play and then he is spraying a 30-yard pass to start an attack.

“The manager has shown faith and put him in the team today and that’s why. If I am being honest he has a very bright future in the game.”

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