The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Sam Jack­son

MICHAEL Pe­trasso was thrown in at the deep end last weekend, but the Cana­dian teenager is hop­ing to build on an en­cour­ag­ing Coven­try City de­but.

Pe­trasso joined Coven­try on loan from Cham­pi­onship side QPR only last Mon­day – and the very next day started up front in the 2-1 de­feat at home to Carlisle.

The 18-year-old found it tough to set­tle at first but, de­spite the Sky Blues sur­ren­der­ing a half-time lead and go­ing on to lose, he is ex­cited about the chance to play again.

“It was my first game and I found it hard get­ting into holes and stuff like that,” said Pe­trasso.

“But I thought we cre­ated some chances and got very un­lucky in the sec­ond half when things just didn’t go our way.”

And Pe­trasso – who scored one goal in 11 league ap­pear­ances with Old­ham Ath­letic on loan be­twen Au­gust and Fe­bru­ary this sea­son – hopes the match was the start of a promis­ing part­ner­ship with Chuba Akpom, a fel­low teenage loa­nee, from Ar­se­nal.

“Chuba and I just met each other this week,” added Pe­trasso.“It’s a case of the two of us start­ing to get used to each other.

“If it was just one young lad be­ing thrown in along­side a more ex­pe­ri­enced player they might be able to in­struct us a bit more, but we did OK and hope­fully we can do bet­ter and get a few goals.”

KEEN: Michael Pe­trasso

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