STRIKER Marc-Antoine Fortune has spoken of his delight after getting his goalscoring account with the Sky Blues off the mark and he is determined to chase down partner Adam Armstrong.
The 34-year-old, who moved to the Ricoh Arena on a free transfer at the beginning of September, scored a first half penalty on his full home debut as Tony Mowbray’s side recorded a comfortable 3-0 win over Shrewsbury.
In-form Armstrong bagged a brace to take his tally to the season up to eight goals in nine appearances.
Fortune set up both of Armstrong’s goals and although the experienced striker is keen to help Armstrong maintain his exceptional form in front of goals, he is also keen to chip in with a few himself along the way.
“In my first start I wanted to score that goal,” said the former West Brom and Celtic striker. “It was my first game so I wanted to take it.
“I spoke with Arma (Armstrong) and he was happy to give me the ball, I was confident. I need to catch him up!
“We missed one against Southend so maybe I’m the one for the penalties now! I’ll have to ask the manager.
“I’ve played with Arma in training, we tried to work together before the game and I talked to him to say I’m here to help him keep scoring goals and we can compete together.
“But it was a really good performance and I’m delighted to make my home debut and net my first for the club.
“I have been patient and have worked really hard with my fitness to get into the side, so to score in my first start was really pleasing.”
The two City strikers got most of the plaudits following Saturday’s convincing win, which pushes Tony Mowbray’s side up to fifth in League One.
The defence and young goalkeeper Reice Charles-Cook, who was making his full league debut, kept their fourth clean sheet of the season.
And Fortune heaped praise on the back five who never really looked liked conceding.
He added: “I think we needed a clean sheet after last weekend. We knew it could be the difference.
“The defence and the midfielders were impressive and we had to keep our concentration at the back.
“But we also lead from the front, we didn’t make it easy for them to score and play. But the defence and midfield were impressive.”