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REPORT: Sky Blues 2-1 West Brom U21

City secure victory in Checkatrade Trophy final group game...

7 November 2017

Sky Blues secure victory in their final group game of the Checkatrade Trophy, as goals from Ben Stevenson and Max Biamou gave the host the win.

Oliver Burke got one back for the visitors late on, but it wasn’t enough for the Baggies as they suffered defeat.

Despite victory, Mark Robins side were knocked out of the Checkatrade Trophy, due to other results not going their way elsewhere.

It was a quiet start to things at the Ricoh, with neither side creating much in front of goal in the early exchanges, as both looked to stamp their mark on things.

The first half chance fell to the visitors and it was Callum Morton who forced Liam O’Brien into a smart save down to his right hand-side after 10 minutes.

It was the Sky Blues Callum who also had the first opportunity for Mark Robins side, as he headed just over the bar from a Ben Stevenson corner, moments after Morton’s chance.

The best chance of the half fell to the returning Kwame Thomas, as he picked up the ball inside the box, turned his man and got a shot away, but his effort went inches wide of the post.

City grew into the half as it went on and a chance from Stevenson from range went over the bar, just before Coventry had the ball in the back of the net.

Chris Stokes picked up the ball on the left and played in a ball to Stuart Beavon and he calmly slotted past Alex Palmer in the WBA goal, but the linesman waved away the strike for being offside.

There was time for one more opportunity just before the half-time whistle as Maycock let rip from range, but it flew over the bar.

First  chance after the break came for the Baggies and it was Nick Clayton-Phillips, who forced O’Brien into a good save at his near post to deny the winger.

City looked to react to the visitors chance and had their first shot of the half when Stevenson tried his luck from range, but he couldn’t find the target.

However, the midfielder made no mistake after 58 minutes, as some lovely build-up play from City eventually ends up with Stevenson and he took it past his man and curled one into the top corner from outside of the box to make it 1-0.

The lead was doubled minutes later, when substitute Max Biamou got his head on the end of a corner and scored his first goal for the Sky Blues since his summer move.

West Brom almost got one back a few minutes after, when a ball into the box was met by Zak Brown and he forced Liam O’Brien into a superb save, but he couldn’t clear the ball and it fell to Finn Azaz who hit the woodwork with the follow up.

However, the Baggies did get one back on 72 minutes and it was Oliver Burke who did well down the right and slotted it past O’Brien to make it 2-1.

The visitors tried to get the equaliser, but they were unable to and the Sky Blues secured victory in their final group game, but exit the competition due to Walsall winning against Shrewsbury Town.

Attendance: 1,429 (43 Away)

Coventry City XI: O’Brien, Dion Kelly-Evans (74’ Bayliss), Willis (58’ Thompson), Hyam, Stokes, Stevenson, Maycock, Vincenti (45’ Biamou), Devon Kelly-Evans, Beavon, Thomas.

Subs: Burge, Ford, Thompson, Leahy, Finn, Bayliss, Biamou.

 

West Brom U21: Palmer, Burke, Morton, Melbourne, Soleman, Jameson, Bradley, Ferguson, Clayton-Phillips (65’ Wilding), Azaz (78’ Soule), Brown

Subs: House, Wilding, Pierce, Soule, Harmon, White, Hall


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