came through his first match in five months, but the man who caught the eye was Italian
striker Stefano Gioacchini, who could have played himself into Saturdays Premiership
The on-loan striker scored the reserves first goal, made the next for Paul Hall and
then could have scored again himself.
He was a live wire member of the attack who was constantly menacing the Sheffield
defence and the watching Gordon Strachan must have been satisfied that he has a credible
attacking option for the crucial match against Middlesbrough at Highfield Road.
Hall was at left back, playing his first game since a ligament detached itself in his
knee last October. After surgery to reattach it he has spent long hours working in the
gymnasium and the hard work appeared to pay off.
Coventry had to wait until the 55th minute to take the lead. Mo Konjic
powered a huge header downfield and the alert Gioacchini raced on to it to volley first
time into the net from the edge of the area.
Four minutes later the Italian laid back the perfect pass for Paul Hall to blast home
the second goal.
Coventry had a lucky escape shortly afterwards when Sheffields Thomas Staniforth
hit the underside of the crossbar but in the 81st minute Willie Boland
completed the scoring with a neatly flighted free-kick over Kevin Pressman into the net.
Coventry City Reserves:
Scope, Edworthy, Konjic, Brightwell, M. Hall, S. McPhee, Boland, Clement, Shilton, P.
Hall, Gioacchini. Subs not used: Prenderbville, Mehmet, Barnett, Ducros, G. McPhee.
Sheffield Wednesday Reserves:
Pressman; Haber, Staniforth, Stefanovic, Nicholson, Hamshaw (Hibbins 74 mins), Higgins,
Oakes, Morrison (Brennan 74), McKeever. Subs not used: Holmes, Jones, Bromby.