AUG 01] COVENTRY CITY NEWS
Reserves Notch Up First Win
striker Gary McSheffrey is pushing for a place in the first team
after scoring in the reserves’ 1-0 win over Leicester City at
Highfield Road last night.
And with Julian Joachim still out
injured and Lee Hughes suspended for City’s next game against
Grimsby on Saturday week, the 19-year-old could get a call much
sooner than expected.
The youngster, who has been robbed of
a year from his career through injury, was in hot form during
pre-season and that has carried itself forward into the reserves’
He had a supremely taken finish ruled
out against Arsenal a fortnight ago for offside and proved last
night that he is still deadly in front of goal with a crisply taken
penalty to give a young Coventry side victory.
Goalkeeper Andy Goram made his debut
for the Sky Blues and Swedish international Tomas Antonelius played
at full back, but, those aside, the team was full of players with
limited senior experience.
Craig Pead, another young City star
who has missed more than a year through injury, began at right back
and impressed with a series of quality Beckham-esque crosses.
And winger Mark Magennis helped
Coventry’s youngsters run the show, but it was left to
McSheffrey’s 71st minute spot kick, after Mark Noon was tripped,
to win the game for the Sky Blues.
Meanwhile, David Thompson has issued
an apology to fans after a two-fingered gesture following Monday’s
disappointing 0-0 draw against Nottingham Forest.
The former Liverpool winger came in
for personal tirades from City supporters after wasting several
chances to cross the ball when Forest were down to nine men.
As he walked towards the tunnel at
the end of the game he gestured to a supporter in the Main Stand,
but he said yesterday:
“I deeply regret the gesture that
I made as I left the pitch. I was already angry at the result and
unfortunately my feelings got the better of me.
“In no way did I intend to offend
any of the other supporters. I hope the individual concerned in
the booing feels as embarrassed about his behaviour as I do about