6th Dec, 2016

Mark Venus finds winning formula as Sky Blues win again in Checkatrade Trophy

Steve Carpenter 5th Oct, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

MARK Venus increased his odds of becoming the next permanent Sky Blues manager after recording a second consecutive victory as caretaker boss.

After leading the Sky Blues to their first league win of the season at Port Vale on Saturday, Venus masterminded another victory, this time over Northampton Town in the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday evening.

Goals from Daniel Agyei, a first in Sky Blues colours for Ruben Lameiras and a third from substitute Ruben Lameiras wrapped up a comfortable 3-1 victory at the Ricoh Arena.

A second win in the competition means the Sky Blues have now progressed through to the knockout stage and Venus enjoyed every aspect of the performance.

He said: “Any win at this moment of time is good for us, but I thought we were fantastic.

“I was pleased that we scored not only three goals, but three very well taken goals. We conceded a poor goal so quickly after going in front, but the lads reacted well and took their chances.

“I really enjoyed the performances of certain players and the goals from Jodi, Ruben and Dan were all of the highest quality. It’s good to see that individuality on a football pitch and they all shown what ability they have.

“It’s very pleasing to watch when your team is playing well. I thought Ruben was very good when he came on, but the team as a whole are working really hard for each other and you can see that on the pitch.”

The Sky Blues do not have a game this Saturday after their home fixture against Chesterfield was postponed due to international call-ups which gives Venus more time to work with the squad ahead of the visit to Charlton on October 15.

“Each win brings more confidence and this team needed to start winning football matches sooner rather than later,” Venus added.

“It is a young squad, but those younger players showed their quality tonight. At their age they can only learn and improve further, so If they can perform like they did tonight it’s only a positive moving forward.”