Gordon Strachan should have no problems picking his
eleven for the game with Aston Villa on Saturday after the Sky Blues second string turned
in a very poor performance.
The side, currently topping the league, failed to rise above the opposition despite
fielding a strong side and could have lost the game after a lucky second half escape.
The presence of John Aloisi, Mo Konjic, Gary Breen, Marc Edworthy and Stefano
Gioacchini couldnt inspire the Sky Blues to stretch their lead at the top of the
And there was bad news for Gioacchini who limped off in the first half with a hamstring
strain and is unlikely to feature against Aston Villa on Saturday.
He and Aloisi combined well in the 12th minute to set up Barry Quinn but the
young Irishmans low shot was saved by Frank Kval in the Burnley goal.
Gioacchini then showed some wonderful skill 11 minutes later to put his strike partner
away clear but Aloisis shot was against kept out by Kval.
Burnley did have their chances and midfielder Gareth West fired just past the post late
in the first half.
The second half was turgid stuff. Neither side really managed flowing football on a
pitch which is rapidly deteriorating and Coventry struggled to mount any worthwhile
The Sky Blues also had to survive a serious scare when Steve Ogrizovic missed a corner
and Chris Barnett was forced to hack the ball off the line. It flew straight to West but
his follow-up effort struck a post.
COVENTRY CITY RESERVES:
Ogrizovic, Prenderville, Konjic, Breen, Edworthy, Barnett, Quinn, Clement, Shilton,
Aloisi, Gioacchini (G McPhee, 34 mins)
Subs not used: Miller, Kirkland, Ferguson, Jamie Williams