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Coventry 1-2 U21s - report

31 March 2014

United's U21s made it three wins on the bounce with a deserved success over Coventry City at Liberty Way, home of Nuneaton Town FC, on Monday afternoon.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Otis Khan, who both scored twice in last week's 4-0 victory over Sheffield Wednesday at Shirecliffe, netted in the second half, before Jordan Shipley ensured a tense finish, but the Blades held on for another morale-boosting success, much to the delight of coach Andy Garner, who remarked: "In the first-half we defended solidly and despite having a lot of possession we didn't offer much going forward.

"After half-time we had a number of chances and scored two great goals, on another day we could have had another two. Coventry got back into game and set up an interesting finish, but we were comfortable and thoroughly deserved the win."

The hosts started on the front foot, with Garner and Rankin combining well before Banton blocked. After the visitors had to defend an indirect free-kick following a back pass, Shipley volleyed wide for the Sky Blues at the back post following good work by Ryan Smith.

Neither side really looked like breaking the deadlock as the first-half ended goalless.

The Blades started the second period strongly and took the lead just before the hour, when CALVERT-LEWIN applied the finishing touch after Khan pulled the ball back from the byline after Jordan Hodder's crossfield ball.

In the 68th minute, United doubled their advantage, this time KHAN was on hand to score, with Hamilton claiming the assist.

Within three minutes, the game was back in the balance, after SHIPLEY slotted home after Jack Finch's pump down field.

In the 75th minute City were reduced to ten-men after Quinn was forced off with an injury and the Sky Blues had already used up their allotted substitutions.

George Willis was the Blades hero in the latter stages of the contest, producing two timely interventions to prevent City a leveller.

Blades: Willis, Hodder, Paling, Dimaio (Cheeseman 86), Banton, Whiteman, Khan (Cockerline 79), O'Nien, Calvert-Lewin (Smith 72), De Girolamo, Hamilton. Unused: Johns, Eastwood.

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