5th Dec, 2016

Reice Charles-Cook praises Sky Blues boss for rise into first team

Steve Carpenter 14th Oct, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

THREE CLEAN sheets has helped Reice Charles-Cook claim the number one spot for the Sky Blues in recent weeks and the young goalkeeper has thanked his manager for showing faith in his ability.

The 21-year-old was born in London and came through the Arsenal Academy before being released in 2013.

He spent a year at Bury before moving to the Ricoh Arena and after remaining patient as third choice and second choice goalkeeper, Charles-Cook has now overtaken Lee Burge as Mowbray’s number one choice between the sticks.

On Saturday Charles-Cook made history by becoming the first Sky Blues goalkeeper to keep a trio of clean sheets in his first three leagye games and he was quick to thank Mowbray for his rapid rise to fame at the Ricoh Arena.

“The gaffer has given me an opportunity and I’d like to think I’ve took it with both hands,” said Charles-Cook. “He believes in me for him to play which is always encouraging for a player.

“To keep three clean sheets in a row after your league debut is unbelievable really. I just hope I can keep it up and keep making saves for the side.

“With the back four in front of me like I have, it’s no surprise we’re keeping clean sheets as they’ve been absolutely brilliant throughout the season.

“I think the back four have confidence in me as well. They’ve told me that I wouldn’t be in the team if I didn’t deserve it and their backing is huge.

“The fans have also been great as well as I’ve had so much support since coming into the side. This club always backs it’s young players and that is really important.

“I hope to keep going in the side but you never know because that’s football. Me and Lee push each other all the way, and it’s great that we’ve got such good competition.”

A confident performance at home to Shrewsbury was followed by another impressive display at Yeovil in the Johnstone Paint Trophy.

On Saturday Mowbray selected Charles-Cook again over Burge and he repaid the faith by producing another solid performance which included several smart stops to keep Fleetwood at bay.

And Charles-Cook says it was a deserved performance which moves the Sky Blues to within just three points of League One league leaders Walsall.

“We absolutely dominated the contest and deserved the win,” he added. “The gaffer gave us a plan and once again, it has got us the result we need.

“Well done to George Thomas who made a massive impact when he come on and did really well. He created the chance and probably deserved the goal, I’m crediting him with it.”