The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Lee Cor­den

IN-FORM hot-shot Adam Armstrong’s dou­ble meant Coven­try main­tained their un­beaten record at Fortress Ri­coh with a crush­ing win.

Tony Mow­bray’s men strug­gled in the 32,000-seater sta­dium last sea­son but have won four and drawn once here this term – and it’s a record that’s cat­a­pulted the Sky Blues into the top six of League One.

City could have had six – with a host of penalty shouts fall­ing on deaf ears and a se­ries of one-onones de­nied by Shrews keeper Mark Halstead – but set­tled for three thanks to two sweet strikes from Armstrong and a penalty from Marc An­toine-For­tune.

Mow­bray said: “We should en­joy this per­for­mance – I’ve told the play­ers that – not just the at­tack­ing play but the con­cen­tra­tion lev­els too.

“We had a cou­ple of one-onones that the keeper saved, a very clear penalty save in the first minute and a cou­ple more af­ter that. There could have been a lot more goals – credit to them they kept plug­ging away but we war­ranted the vic­tory.

“On the big pitch here, it was a bit of a neg­a­tive last sea­son but this year it’s a real pos­i­tive for us and we can give teams prob­lems but we have to be a bit more clin­i­cal to make games a bit eas­ier.

“We’re de­vel­op­ing the team as we go along – it’s a work in progress.”

Coven­try were ap­peal­ing for a penalty as early as the sec­ond minute when Ryan Kent went down un­der a chal­lenge from Mat Sadler.

It set the scene for the rest of the half as Kent – along with Armstrong, For­tune and Ja­cob Mur­phy – caused the Shrews­bury back-line no end of trou­ble.

The home fans were just be­gin­ning to get frus­trated with the of­fi­cials when Armstrong broke the dead­lock in the 26th minute as he cracked home from 20 yards af­ter good link-up play with For­tune.

It was Armstrong’s sev­enth of the sea­son but he showed plenty of in­tri­cate touches in and around the box to prove he’s more than just a goal-get­ter.

For­tune dou­bled Coven­try’s ad­van­tage when City were awarded a penalty af­ter the big striker was fouled by Nathaniel Knight-Per­ci­val and then fired home from the spot right on half-time.

The Shrews tried to force their way back into the game and Sul­ley Kaikai had a cou­ple of ef­forts but never re­ally trou­bled rookie keeper Re­ice CharlesCook.

But once Coven­try got back into their stride, they set­tled the re­sult with a sec­ond from Armstrong af­ter more ex­cel­lent play from For­tune.

Shrews­bury man­ager Micky Mel­lon said: “It’s a re­ally dis­ap­point­ing score­line. We’ve come up against a re­ally good side and we made it dif­fi­cult for our­selves at times.

“Some­times you just have to ad­mit that they look like one of the best sides that we have played this sea­son.

“When you play against teams like this you know if you have a lit­tle lapse in con­cen­tra­tion then they will pun­ish you. The qual­ity they had up front made sure they did that to us.This team will keep on fight­ing – there is no com­plaint with their ef­fort – we were just miss­ing that wee bit of qual­ity to get us get back into it.”

COVEN­TRY (4-2-3-1): Charles-Cook 7, Rick­etts 6, Martin 6, John­son 8, Stokes 6, Vincelot 7, Fleck 7 (Mor­ris 77, 5), Kent 8, Armstrong 8, Mur­phy 7 (Lameiras 82, 5), For­tune 9 (Tudgay 81, 5) Subs not used: Burge, Thomas, O’Brien, Haynes SHREWS­BURY (4-2-3-1): Halstead 8, Too­tle 5, Gran­di­son 5, Knight-Per­ci­val 5, Sadler 4, Lawrence 5, Ogogo 6, Kaikai 6, Cole 7, Akpa-Akpro 6, Collins 4 (Bar­nett 70, 5) Subs not used: Leutwiler, Black, Brown, El­lis, McAlin­den, Clark

PIC­TURES: Mike Capps

CROWDED: Coven­try’s Ja­cob Mur­phy fires through a busy Shrews­bury goal­mouth

SPOT-KICK: For­tune gets the Blues’ third



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