City goal drought ends as table topping Hatters concede three - The Coventry Observer

17th Aug, 2022

City goal drought ends as table topping Hatters concede three

FOOTBALL: THE Sky Blues ended their goal drought on Saturday with a 3-0 win on the road against table topping Luton Town.

Goals from Marc McNulty, Jordan Shipley, and Duckens Nazon helped City record their first league win since Mark Robins’ men defeated Crewe Alexandra at home in late September.

The timely three points came as a needed boost for City, who are now back in the playoff picture – sitting sixth after picking up 27 points from 16 games.

Though third placed Luton are four points clear of the Sky Blues, though they hold a significantly higher goal difference as a consequence of City’s lack of threat infront of goal this season.

But thoughts of City’s poor offensive pressure this season were cast aside – for 90 minutes at least – when the Hatters had little to answer once Marc McNulty’s header on 15 minutes got the Sky Blues’ ball rolling.

Though it took City another 75 minutes to find the back of the net again, the extensive period without a goal was worth waiting for for Coventry’s Jordan Shipley – whose free kick on the edge of the area was guided straight into the home side’s top corner.

Boosted by the injury time winner, popular forward Duckens Nazon joined in the fun and bagged Coventry’s third goal after firing an effort straight over Stech.

Another win and another clean sheet for Robins’ team, who have now conceded just eight goals in 16 games.

Previously free scoring Luton did have their chances, but keeper Lee Burge – aided by the back four of Grimmer, Willis, McDonald, and Haynes – played well to keep Hatters’ total a constant.

Manager Mark Robins described City’s performance as ‘perfect’ and was full of praise for the chances his side took in front of net – something he’d previously been critical of.

He said: “We spoke a lot in the run up to this game about the fact we haven’t scored loads of goals.

“It was a different game to what we have been used to. There were no sitting bodies behind the ball today.

“The result will do their confidence the world of good and now we have another week to prepare for the FA Cup game.

“We would have taken a 1-0 win but a 3-0 win gives it some gloss.

“The supporters were magnificent today and we are so happy to treat them to some goals that we have not done for a number of weeks.

“We are a decent team and we are still learning. It was a good result.”

Coventry City: Burge (GK), Grimmer, Willis, McDonald, Haynes, Doyle (C), Kelly, Jones (Shipley), Vincenti (Biamou), McNulty, Ponticelli (Nazon).

Subs: O’Brien (GK), Stokes, Davies, Maycock.

Luton Town: Stech (GK), Stacey, Cuthbert (C), Mullins (Mpanzu), Potts, Rea, Lee, Berry, Cornick (Shinnie), Collins, Hylton.

Subs: Shea (GK), Justin, Gambin, D’Ath, Lee.


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