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“From what I’ve seen in a short amount of time, there are flashes of real excitement.” - Coventry City’s Tony Mowbray

10 July 2016

The Sky Blues manager has been pleased with new signing Marvin Sordell's early progression at the club...

The Sky Blues were 2-1 victors over non-League neighbours Nuneaton Town yesterday, as Ruben Lameiras and Devon Kelly-Evans both got their names on the scoresheet.

The manager elected to change the starting XI at half-time, fielding a mixture of both youth and experience during each 45. Club captain Sam Ricketts led the team out for the opening half, while Jordan Willis captained City's second-half team. 

Mowbray commented in the aftermath of the win: “We got some good width in the first-half, and Jodi gave us that outlet in the second-half. We played some youngsters who aren’t quite ready for first-team football, but overall they competed well and it was a good exercise.

“We’ll try different systems throughout preseason, it’s important to build a formation around your players. As we sign more players, our system might change. If you’ve got two fantastic centre forwards, you play them both. 

“I’ve always got ideas of how I’d like to play, but that can change depending on the personnel at the club. We have to prepare for that first day of the season, and the players within my squad need to know their role and responsibilities.”

It was also the first time the Sky Blues fans were able to watch new signing Marvin Sordell in action, as he partnered Jodi Jones and George Thomas in attack for the second-half.

The 25-year old nearly capped his debut performance with a goal, having hit the woodwork with a well struck half-volley in the latter stages of the game.

Mowbray is confident that with the right attitude and application in training, the forward can provide the Sky Blues with plenty of goals next season.   

He added: “Marvin [Sordell] has only has a few training sessions with the players, I think he may have got a bit isolated second half. But from what I’ve seen in a short amount of time, there are flashes of real excitement. The boy has fast feet, hunger and he can strike a ball. 

“He wants to kickstart his career again, get back to the levels he is capable of. He needs to keep his focus right and work hard, as long as he shows that I am sure the goals will come for him.”

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