McSheffrey Goal Sees City Win At Port Vale

07 August 2012 03:52
City at Port Vale

A goal from Gary McSheffrey was enough for Coventry City to beat Port Vale this afternoon. 

In a game played behind closed doors due to Port Vale who are in administration, not completing their building work and having a safety certificate which would allow them to admit supporters, Andy Thorn named a side for each half.

New signing Adam Barton started in the first half with Hungarian trialist Peter Poloskei and former Motherwell player Steve Jennings getting a second half run out.

City played with a diamond 4-4-2 formation and had Callum Ball denied a penalty before Adam Barton and Richard Wood made good blocks as Micky Adams side attacked 

Fit again Stephen Elliott started to threatened when the former Hearts player played in Barton for a shot which former City trialist Chris Neal saved and then headed over from a Baker cross.

Just before the break, City took the lead with a 25 yarder from Gary McSheffrey which the finger-tips of Neal could not get to. 

Thorn, Shaw and Carsley left only Joe Murphy and Callum Ball on for the second half 

Ball was replaced after an hour by McDonald just before Peter Poloskei smashed a half volley from just inside the area onto the crossbar.

McDonald headed a cross from Academy player Joe Pegg over and in the next attack, Pegg, who had played well against Liverpool on Saturday for the U18's, tried his luck with a shot which Neal grabbed at the second attempt.

Pope got through wilth only Murphy to beat but the City keeper used his foot to block and ensure that City who travel to Bristol Rovers on Saturday for their final pre-season game, won the match.  


First Half Coventry City: Murphy, Clarke, Brown, Wood, Kilbane, Daniels, Baker, Barton, McSheffrey, Ball, Elliott  Port Vale: Neal, Yates, McCombe, Artell, Loft, Dodds, Purcell, Williamson, Morsy, Williams, Murphy   Second Half Coventry City: Murphy, Pegg, Edjenguele, Malaga, Henderson, Jennings, O'Donovan, Roberts, Jeffers, Ball (McDonald), Poloskei    Port Vale: Johnson, Owen, Loft, Lloyd, Burge, Pope, Vincent, Shuker, James, McDonald, Davis   HT PVFC 0-1 CCFC FT PVFC 0-1 CCFC Goal Gary McSheffrey (42)         Report thanks to Keiran Crowley and Nick Connoll