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Konjic Snowed In

Coventry City’s latest signing Mo Konjic faced more problems today when he was snowed in as he tried to fly his family to England from their native Bosnia.

The big Bosnian delighted Coventry’s away fans with an heroic performance when he went on as substitute against Tottenham Hotspur only hours after receiving his delayed work permit.

He then jetted out to Sarajevo to collect his wife and daughter to install them in their new home in Leamington Spa.

But though they were able to catch a connecting flight from Sarajevo to Ljubljana in Slovenia, they found the airport snowed in. The player made a hurried telephone call to the football club and spoke to the chairman Brian Richardson who watching the FA Youth Cup match at Highfield Road.

There was good news today however when the club learned that snowploughs were attempting to clear the runway at Ljubljana and Konjic could arrive later in the day.

The delay and an uncomfortable overnight stay in an airport lounge will have been no hardship to the former Monaco defender. He spent several years fighting in the Bosnian war and when his football career resumed he once played, in great pain, three weeks after breaking both arms in a road accident.

He said:

"I was being paid 100 a match and I had to play to be able to send home food for my family."

After that anything the Premiership can throw at him will seem small beer.

He is expected to make his full debut for City in Saturday’s fifth round FA Cup tie at Everton, taking over from the injured Paul Williams.

Williams limped off against Tottenham at White Hart Lane on Saturday and has been under intensive treatment for a hamstring strain.

Coventry will welcome back George Boateng and David Burrows from one match bans for Saturday’s big cup tie at Everton.

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The young Sky Blues displayed something like their real form in disposing of Notts County to cruise through to a fifth round tie at Sheffield United.

The youngsters were below par in scraping home against Brighton & Hove Albion in a replay in the last round, but last night they cast aside their inhibitions to play some thrilling football.

The goals were supplied by Chukkie Eribenne, Gary McSheffrey and Craig Pead, but it was an all round team effort which won the day.

Even so Richard Money, director of the Soccer Academy, was convinced there was more to come from the team.

"We know what our young players can do and some of them can become decent footballers. There is more to come from them yet, but we are getting there."

The young Sky Blues set off at a tremendous rate and built the perfect platform with an early goal.

Gary McSheffrey flicked on Steve McPhee’s centre and Eribenne at the far post looped his header over the goalkeeper into the net.

Two minutes later McSheffrey, who looked very sharp, fired a left footer narrowly wide and then McPhee forced the goalkeeper into a full stretch save.

Notts County put in their fair share of attacks, but Chris Kirkland in City’s goal was well protected by his centrebacks Mark Burrows and Thomas Cudworth.

City were in control from the start of the second half and went further ahead with a brilliantly taken free-kick. It was on 66 minutes when the midfielder Craig Pead stepped up to curl his kick over the defensive wall. The ball struck the underside of the crossbar and bounced over the line a split second before McSheffrey completed the job.

After 72 minutes Eribenne saw his thunderous shot brilliantly saved by the goalkeeper but after 79 minutes McSheffrey danced past three challenges and slotted a low shot into the corner of the net.

Coventry City: Kirkland, Mooney, Hall, Betts, Burrows, Cudworth, McPhee, Pead, Eribenne, McSheffrey, Hegley. Subs: Doyle, Mehmet, Pearson, Donlevy, Grant.

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