THE SKY Blues got their 2015/16 campaign off to the perfect start after a debut brace by striker Adam Armstrong earned Tony Mowbray’s side a 2-0 victory over League One favourites Wigan.
It proved to be a memorable debut for the Newcastle loanee who scored a goal in each half to get the Sky Blues off to a perfect start.
The opening goal came on 14 minutes came when Jim O’Brien had the vision to pick out Armstrong with a neat through ball and the 18-year-old did the rest by beating Wigan goalkeeper Richard O’Donnell with a low finish.
Wigan enjoyed lots of possession throughout the game but failed to create any real clear cut opportunities.
Their best chance of the first half came when Lee Burge did well to keep out a Will Grigg shot at the far post with his legs.
After the break the hosts stepped up their search for a second with Chris Stokes firing narrowly wide of goal and Ruben Lameras, one of four debutants, was put clean through on goal but he could not get a shot away after rounding the goalkeeper.
The second and final goal of the game came shortly after the hour mark when on 62 minutes Fleck delivered an inch perfect ball from the left which Armstrong was able to side-foot home from close range.
Armstrong almost made it the perfect debut when he unleashed a shot from 20 yards out but his effort came back off the post and out to safety.
Then it was youngster James Maddison’s turn to hit the post. His curling shot from a similar distance beat the goalkeeper but unfortunately struck the post.
Player ratings: Burge 6, Stokes 7, Willis 6 (Phillips 45), Ricketts 7, Johnson 8, Fleck 7, Lameiras 7 (Morris 75), Vincelot 7, O’Brien (G.Thomas 79), Maddison 7, Armstrong 9
Subs not used – Charles-Cook, Haynes, Martin, Tudgay