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MATCH REPORT: Bristol City 0-4 Coventry City - Jodi Jones steals the show as Under-21s impress

21 March 2016

A clean sheet and a complete performance for the Under-21s in front of the watching City boss Tony Mowbray...

A debut to remember for Coventry City's new signing Jodi Jones as his two goals and an assist leads the way in a classy City victory.

The City loanee notched an impressive brace either side of an assist for George Thomas to tap home before substitute Bassala Sambou netted in the closing stages.

With manager Tony Mowbray watching in the stands and with gaps in the first-team due to international call-ups, there was an energy about City's play from the first minute. 

Bristol were forced to watch the ball in the opening stages as City's front-line opened space up time after time. Just three minutes into the game, the Kelly-Evans twins combined to make in-roads down the left as Devon's shot was parried into the path of Dion who had his shot deflected wide.

Eight minutes in, City made their dominance pay as Jodi Jones grabbed a goal on his debut. Jack Finch, playing the centre-back role, was allowed time to zip a wonderful 60-yard pass into the feet of the on-rushing Jones who turned inside to slot home past Jojo Woolacott. 

It was a deserved lead in a first-half which could only have excited the watching City boss. Bigirimana found space in the 12th minute to turn a defender 25-yards out before his curling effort forceed a great save out of the busy Woolacott, low to the bottom left corner.

The Sky Blues should have doubled their lead through the tireless George Thomas just past the half-hour. Devon Kelly-Evans hassled Luke Ayling to win the ball back in the final third and put Thomas in behind but Woolacott was equal to the left-footed effort.

City sealed the points early in the second-half with the majestic Jones the architect. Just nine minutes past the break, Jones skipped past two defenders to get to the byline and cut back for Thomas to tap home.

Bristol City barely had time to catch their breath as Jones got his second three minutes later. Lameiras won the ball to slot an inch-perfect ball through to Jones who turned inside Williams to find the bottom corner from the edge of the area; a goal which the watching Mowbray applauded.

Jones came off for Sambou shortly after as the Sky Blues continued their dominance throughout the second-half. Sambou should have added to the scoreline with five minutes remaining as he dispossessed Ayling to get in on goal but a poor touch allowed Woolacott to pounce.

Sambou got his goal a minute later but it owed much to the nimble foot-work of the trialist. He turned his defender and slotted a wonderful ball through to Sambou who neatly turned the defender to finish with his left foot to complete a great night for City.

Teams

Coventry City U21: Addai (GK), Phillips, Finch, Harries, Di. Kelly-Evans, Bigirimana, Stevenson, Dev. Kelly-Evans (Spence 78) , Lameiras (Trialist 71), Jones (Sambou 59), Thomas.

Subs: Skuza (GK), Shipley.

Bristol City U21: Woolacott (GK), Ayling, Williams, Vyner, Kelly, Fry, Morrall (C), Dowling (Last 71), Wagstaff, Evans, McCoulsky.

Subs: Joseph, Harris, Harper.


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