22nd Sep, 2018

Ryan Haynes stakes his claim for first team spot as City's Under 23s held to frustrating draw

FOOTBALL: RYAN Haynes staked his claim for a return to the first team after bagging another goal in Coventry City Under 23s’ latest Development League match against Bristol City.

Haynes’ goal earned the Sky Blues a point against Bristol – a team currently bottom of the southern group having registered just six points from nine games.

After appearing for 30 minutes last week against QPR, Haynes started on the left wing of the midfield which included Dion Kelly-Evans, Tom Bayliss, and Kyle Finn.

A back three of Reece Ford, Dominic Hyam and Darragh Leahy was protected by holding midfielders Callum Maycock and Josh Eccles, while Kwame Thomas led the line and Corey Addai was in goal.

In windy conditions at the Higgs Centre, keeping possession for long periods proved difficult in the early stages for both sides.

Kwame Thomas had an early chance to put the Sky Blues ahead, but his close range effort was saved by Bristol keeper Sesay.

Further efforts from Kelly-Evans and Callum Maycock were saved as the half ended scoreless.

Sustained pressure continued into the second half, and the Sky Blues finally got their reward when Tom Bayliss found Haynes on the left wing.

Haynes cut inside to hit his right foot shot past the goalkeeper following a deflection.

The goal prompted Haynes’ substitution as Lewis Green came on while Jack Burroughs replaced Kelly-Evans

Tactical changes added up to nothing though as City levelled the game when a whipped ball from the left wing was nodded in past keeper Addai.

The Under 23s are next in action against Crystal Palace on Monday, October 23, at Selhurst Park. Kick-off is at 1pm.

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