JAN 00] COVENTRY CITY FC NEWS
Reserves Brush Leicester Aside
Coventry City reserves were on a high
today after thrashing local rivals Leicester City 5-0 at their own
And there was added good news for manager Gordon Strachan with
wingers Laurent Delorge and Runar Normann both completing an
impressive 90 minutes.
Add to that a trouble free return from injury for dependable
defender Richard Shaw and a goalscoring performance from Tomas
Gustafsson and Strachan will have left Filbert Street a very happy
With Moroccan duo Moustapha Hadji and Youssef Chippo about to
embark on their countryís African Nations Campaign the City boss
will have been looking for players to stake their first-team claim Ė
and several did just that.
Belgian winger Laurent Delorge has been dogged by injury since
joining Coventry for £1.25 million from Ghent, but now seems to be
ready to show Sky Blues fans what he is capable of.
He netted twice in this rout, which began in the very first minute
with a Barry Quinn penalty after Gary McSheffrey had been floored by
Leicesterís Jon Ashton.
Three of Coventryís goals came after the break in a 45 minute
spell which they dominated so heavily that Leicester failed to muster
a single shot on Steve Ogrizovicís goal.
Defender Thomas Cudworth was the other goalscorer and reserve team
manager Trevor Peake paid tribute to his sideís performance.
"It was a comfortable victory and Leicester had wanted the
match off earlier in the day because they had a long injury list,
but we have often played in the past in similar circumstances.
"It was important for us to give a match to Richard Shaw,
Laurent Delorge, Runar Normann and Tomas Gustafsson.
"Now we are looking forward to next week when we play
Arsenal at home.
"There are opportunities in the first team just now and all
of the players who were involved in last nightís match would have
put themselves in the managerís thoughts."