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“Credit goes to Baily [Cargill] and Jack Stephens; I thought they were outstanding on their debuts” – Coventry City’s Reice Charles-Cook

8 February 2016

Charles-Cook also recorded what was arguably his best save to date in a Coventry City shirt by turning a deflected free-kick over the bar...

The young shot-stopper was full of praise for new defensive pairing, Jack Stephens and Baily Cargill who both made their debuts for the Sky Blues in the 1-1 draw against Port Vale.

Charles-Cook himself was also one of the game’s top performers with a string of outstanding saves, including a fingertip stop that Coventry Telegraph’s Andy Turner likened to the iconic Gordon Banks save at the 1970 World Cup.

Reflecting on the save, Charles-Cook said: “That’s probably the greatest, best save so far. Throwing my hand at it and to get it over the bar as well, unbelievable.”

The performance should fill the 21-year old goalkeeper with confidence as he gave a solid 90-minutes and was particularly commanding from crosses and set plays. Vale threatened with a sequence of corners (nine in total) and free-kicks toward the six-yard box, to which the City keeper had the answer to most. 

Charles-Cook - who was denied a (thoroughly deserved) clean-sheet by Sam Kelly six minutes from time - was also complimentary of his backline and believes that defensive resilience will go some way to addressing City’s dip in form.

“Defensively I thought we were brilliant. The last couple of weeks, people have questioned us and I thought we were much improved today. 

“We want to build on today, obviously we have had a poor run of results recently so to get a draw at a tough place is outstanding and we just want to push on from now,” Charles-Cook added.  

The City goalkeeper finished by highlighting the need for him to continue to grow and gain experience under Sky Blues goalkeeping coach, Steve Ogrizovic.

“I’m only 21, goalkeepers don’t usually mature until late 20s. Playing games like this, difficult conditions I am learning all the time. 

“How I’ve come on, with my crossing, working with Oggy (Steve Ogrizovic) it’s starting to show and I can only keep learning.”

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