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TOWN U21S 0 COVENTRY 1

30 March 2015

Gerks stakes first-team claim after 90 minutes in comeback game at Portman Road

Dean Gerken returned to action after a head injury but couldn’t prevent the U21s going down to defeat at Portman Road.

The ‘keeper, who missed the wins over Bolton and Watford after being knocked out in the opening minutes of the loss at Middlesbrough, played the 90 minutes to put himself in contention to feature for the first-team against Championship leaders Bournemouth on Friday. 

George Thomas scored the only goal of the game to give the visitors the victory, finishing off Ryan Haynes' excellent cross from the left.

Coventry started the brighter of the two teams with their recent acquisition from West Ham, Blair Turgott, having a shot deflected wide of the post, before sending another effort also go wide in the opening 10 minutes.

Town had an opportunity to go ahead shortly after but Dylan Connolly misjudged his volley inside the 18-yard box.

The Sky Blues continued to make chances, Ryan Haynes heading over then Gerken was called into action as Maddison’s shot looped into the air, the ‘keeper clawing the ball away to safety.

Connolly and trialist, Dario Zanatta, both had chances, while Kyle Hammond shot wide from inside the area.

There was a late scare for the Blues at the end of the half when Maddison’s low driven shot skidded along the wet turf, cannoning off the right post.

The visitors got the goal their play threatened inside the opening 10 minutes of the second-half when Haynes’ pin-point cross found Thomas, who found the net.

Darren McQueen and Hammond troubled the Coventry defence again shortly after but ‘keeper Reke Charles Cook made a good double save to deny the pair.

McQueen, who came on at half-time, continued to threaten the Coventry backline and fired a left-footed shot wide of the post after some quick passing build-up play.
With time running out, Blues came close again with Matt Clarke heading over from Hammond’s excellent cross.

Town: Gerken, Hewitt, O’Connor, Guldbrandsen (Blanchfield 74), Fowler, Clarke, Hammond, Benyu, Zanatta (McQueen 45) Connolly (Ramadan 74), Henshall.






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