September 26th, 2016

Adam Armstrong brace seals fourth home victory for Sky Blues

Updated: 1:54 pm, Oct 05, 2015

THE SKY Blues increased their unbeaten run at the Ricoh Arena to five matches thanks to a convincing 2-0 victory over Shrewsbury Town.

A brace from in-form striker Adam Armstrong and a first goal in sky blues colours for Marc-Antoine Fortune earned Tony Mowbray’s side their fourth win in five home matches and pushes them up to fifth place in League One.

Man-of-the-moment Adam Armstrong opened the scoring for the Sky Blues after what had been a fairly uneventful opening 20 minutes.

The England Under-19 international picked the ball up on the edge of the area and had one thing on his mind. The 18-year-old quickly adjusted his feet and fired home a low left-footed shot from the edge of the area.

It was proving to be something of an anti-climax for home debutant Reice Charles-Cook who barely had a save to make in the opening 45 minutes.

The hosts had three penalty appeals turned down in the opening stages of the game all through Ryan Kent but they were finaly successful at the fourth time of asking right before half-time.

On his first full start, Fortune was brought down by Nathaniel Knight-Percival and the experienced striker made no mistake from the spot by drilling the ball into the bottom right-hand corner of the net.

After the break the Sky Blues produced a dominant performance after the break without really stepping out of first gear as Shrewsbury failed to cause Charles-Cook any problems.

A third and final goal came on 65 minutes when Fortune played in Armstrong who did the rest by beating Mark Halstead with another clinical finish.

Armstrong had further chances to score his first hat-trick for the club. He beat three defenders to get into the area but dragged his shot wide.

And with just a few minutes left on the clock, the young striker unleashed an audacious 35-yard volley which had Halstead back-tracking and the Shrewsbury goalkeeper was relieved to see the shot whistle narrowly over the bar.

Attendance – 11,445

Team: Charles-Cook, Ricketts, Martin, Johnson, Stokes, Vincelot, Fleck (Morris 76), Kent, Armstrong, Murphy (Lameiras 81), Fortune (Tudgay 80)

Subs not used – Burge, Thomas, O’Brien, Haynes