ARMSTRONG’S AT THE DOUBLE
TONY Mowbray insists Newcastle loanee Adam Armstrong’s brain is what impressed him most after his stunning 40-yard opener set Coventry on their way to a comprehensive victory at Millwall.
The Lions had just missed a Lee Gregory penalty when Armstrong took full advantage of David Forde’s poor positioning to start the rout which sent the Sky Blues to the League One summit.
Forde was at fault again as Ruben Lameiras doubled the advantage before Armstrong added his second to virtually end the game after just 25 minutes.
Jim O’Brien completed the scoring ten minutes from time, but it was Armstrong’s contribution which had Mowbray purring.
The Ricoh chief said: “I think Armstrong deserves a lot of credit for the first goal because a few minutes earlier the keeper had come steaming out of his 18-yard box playing like a sweeper keeper.
“I’m assuming they’d thought because Armstrong was so fast he had to help central defenders and play off the edge of his box and sweep things up when we tried to slip him in.
“That happened before Armstrong received it 40 yards out and he didn’t even look, he knew the keeper was probably going to be on the edge of his box and scored.
“That just shows his quality and, I think, playing a football match with your brain. We’ve got him until January 16 so let’s see.”
Having missed a penalty in front of their own fans in Tuesday’s shock midweek cup defeat at the hands of Barnet, it was a case of deja-vu as the Lions failed to convert a golden opportunity.
Gregory won the spot-kick but failed to beat Sky Blues keeper Lee Burge who pushed the fourthminute effort behind.
Within two minutes it was Coventry who were in front, Armstrong spotting Forde off his line and from long range lobbing the Lions stopper.
The advantage was doubled on 19 minutes, Lameiras’ angled left-footed shot beating the hapless Forde at his near post.
And the away fans were in dreamland five minutes later when Lameiras turned provider by sending Armstrong through to coolly lift his shot over the advancing Forde and make it 30.
Forde was alert to prevent Armstrong completing his hat-trick in the second half, but could do nothing to stop O’Brien completing the rout ten minutes from time with a clinical finish after being teed up by substitute Marcus Tudgay.
Den boss Neil Harris admitted he now has a big decision whether to stick with his under-fire keeper when the Lions host Barnsley on Tuesday.
He said: “I will have to speak to my goalkeeping coach Kevin Pressman regarding his starting position.
“I thought it was a bit of magic by the boy Armstrong though. “Missing the penalty didn’t help but I think the first goal was the changing point. We didn’t react after the first goal.”
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