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“It’s what you dream about, coming through the academy after all these years and scoring your first goal." - Coventry City's Ben Stevenson

19 October 2016

The 19-year old midfielder scored his first professional goal as the Sky Blues defeated Oxford United at the Ricoh On Tuesday evening...

Ben Stevenson admitted it was a fantastic feeling to score his first senior goal in such emphatic fashion after he opened the scoring against Oxford United. 

The Sky Blues won 2-1, with Marvin Sordell scoring the second, but it was the teenage midfielder’s 30-yard strike that made the headlines. 

Fresh from signing a new four year deal with the club last week, Stevenson marked the occasion with a wonderful strike that helped City record their first League One win at the Ricoh this season. 

“It’s what you dream about, coming through the academy after all these years and scoring your first goal in front of the home fans, I couldn’t think of a better way to get it really,” Stevenson said. 

“I don’t think I’ve ever hit a ball sweeter than that and it came at the right time as well I suppose. The manager has said we need to score more goals and take more shots, so I didn’t hesitate shooting when I got into the position.

“I think we were definitely on top and there has been games similar to that this season and we haven’t been able to find that opening, so from that point of view I was delighted.” 

After back-to-back victories against Port Vale and Northampton Town, last weekend’s defeat seemed to halt momentum, but Stevenson is hoping last night’s result can kick-start a good run for his side. 

“Port Vale and Northampton were really important for us as it gave us the belief and the confidence that we could put a few wins together. We hit a slight blip against Charlton, but we’ve responded well.

“We’ve all got the right attitude to continue winning games. The whole squad is starting to come together, and we keep pushing in the same direction more victories should follow.”

He added: “Everyone on the pitch played to the best of their ability and we definitely deserved the win tonight.” 

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