24th Aug, 2019

Robins hails Godden's impact as Sky Blues set up Vicarage Road visit

Ben Tyler 14th Aug, 2019 Updated: 14th Aug, 2019

SKY Blues manager Mark Robins says striker Matt Godden will continue to grow in stature at the club, after marking his full debut with a goal in a 4-1 thrashing of Exeter City in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night.

Jordy Hiwula’s brace added to Godden’s goal, while Amadou Bakayoko capped off the scoring after Pierce Sweeney scored a late consolation for the visitors, with a trip to Watford awaiting Coventry in the second round later this month.

Robins was delighted by the impetus of his side to take control of the game in the early stages, with Hiwula’s opener arriving on just two minutes.

“We started off brightly and deservedly took the lead early on,” said Robins.

“We seemed to grow in confidence and got a real foothold in the game, and went two up with another really good goal.”

Hiwula made himself available in plenty of space to receive from Fantaky Dabo and fire the ball into the far corner to break the deadlock, while Godden wasted an opportunity soon after when volleying straight at Exeter custodian Jonny Maxted.

But when his next chance arrived, he promptly took it, heading home from a free kick to double the lead.

The Coventry City boss was the happiest man at St Andrew’s, other than the scorer himself, to see Godden mark his first start with a goal, and was delighted by his immediate impact.

“He doesn’t need to prove anything to me, it’s there for everyone to see,” said Robins.

“I also think he is going to improve, his work rate is there, and he gets himself in between the posts and when he gets a chance, he takes it.

“It was a great left footed strike that came over his shoulder and not many players would have attempted it, but hopefully they can see these things and learn from them.”

Zain Westbrooke had an effort blocked just before the half-hour mark, but such was Coventry’s fortunes on the night, the ball fell to Hiwula who found the net for his second.

It took until the 81st minute for the next goal to arrive, with the visitors rewarded for their lengthy midweek journey after Sweeney looped a header over Ben Wilson from a free kick.

Bakayoko had the final say, when he was on hand to tap home from Michael Rose’s header across goal.

Coventry return to St Andrew’s on Saturday (3pm) when hosting Bristol Rovers, who are winless in their opening two League One fixtures so far.

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