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Coventry 0-2 U18s - report

3 November 2014

Two first half goals set the Blades on the way to a notable victory on Saturday.

At Coventry, the Blades started the game really well. This has been a characteristic of the season so far but not in recent weeks, so it was pleasing for coach Travis Binnion to return to this.

The first 10 minutes of the game was camped in Coventry's half. Giraud-Hutchinson, Calvert-Lewin and Cockerline all having openings, the best one falling to Giraud-Hutchinson, who couldn't convert from four yards after three players combined well.

Coventry were rattled but momentary lapses in concentration allowed the home side a couple of set pieces. However, the Blades took the lead on 10 minutes, Cockerline's shot was diverted past the stranded Coventry goalkeeper by CALVERT-LEWIN, for his fourth goal of the season.

The lead was soon doubled as the Blades ramped up the pressure. The impressive Gordon was full of energy and his excellent feet in the box allowed him to get a shot away. The Coventry 'keeper could only palm into the path of COCKERLINE, who instinctively finished into the open goal for his sixth of the campaign.

United had further opportunities to extend the lead. Coventry were always a threat but the visitors managed the remainder of the first half very well and should have gone in further ahead.

After the break was a more scrappy affair. There were very few clear cut chances for either team. Coventry put the Blades under a lot of pressure and had the majority of the ball. Both sides made all of their substitutes quite early in a bid to alter the course of the game. The Blades defended well and had breakaways through Calvert-Lewin, Slew and Wright with the latter having a goal ruled out for offside.

Coach Binnion said afterwards: "Coventry are a really good football side who were top of the league going into the game, having scored a lot of goals. We were aware they had a few players out but we were very good and didn't allow them to get going. Our quality in the first half was excellent and we had a real intensity and purpose to our forward play. A clean sheet was pleasing and we are starting to look a much more rounded side."

Blades: Eastwood, Calvert-Lewin, Gordon, Ishmail, Evans, Cheeseman, Kedman, Ramsey (Wright 65), Cockerline (Slew 72), Hinchliffe, Giraud-Hutchinson (Heh 62).
Unused: Adebowale, Ramsdale.

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