City Draw At Luton

LUTON TOWN 1-1 COVENTRY CITY

City: Charles-Cook, Phillips, Ricketts, Johnson, Haynes, O'Brien (Devon Kelly-Evans 68), Vincelot, Fleck, Swanson (Dion Kelly-Evans 82), Maddison, Lameiras (G.Thomas 56). Subs: Stevenson, Harries. Lawton, Addai, Martin, Willis

​Luton: Justham (Tyler 60), O'Donnell (Wilkinson 60), McNulty (Guttridge 60), Cuthbert , Potts (Ruddock 60), Green (Mpanzu 60), McGeehan (Smith 51), Doyle, Lawless (Griffith 60), Benson (McQuoid 23), Mackail-Smith (Marriott 75). SNU Galliford

​HT LTFC 0-0 CCFC FT LTFC 1-1 CCFC

​Referee: Dean Whitestone

​ATT 2436

​Admission £12 adults, £6 concessions

​Programme - £2.

​Weather - Sunny, a touch cloudy

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Coventry City remain without a win in pre-season after conceding a late goal to draw 1-1 at Luton Town.

Thankfully, the rain stopped and some of the City support made their way down the M1 to Luton for City's third pre-season game at the home of The Hatters - Luton Town.

The traffic in Luton was a nightmare and with roads closures, a relatively easy journey turned in to a bit of battle with the local traffic.

However, we made it to by the ground and had plenty of time to have a drink and something to eat in the Conservative Club before making our way into the ramshackle stadium which had changed little since our last visit for a Championship game.

There was 278 City supporters, with quite a few from London, the home counties and the south at Kenilworth Road, who saw City in their new U21 home kit sponsored by Shortland Horne, start with new signing Ruben Lameiras up front with Reice Charles-Cook in goal.

The Portuguese striker, who signed a two year deal with Coventry on Friday, had City's first chance in the opening seven minutes when he got the ball on the left and blasted well wide.

A Ricketts header from a free kick went into the arms of the keeper before Lameiras forced a tenth minute corner which was cleared.

Phillips sent a cross wide and Maddison curled a sixteenth minute shot at the Luton keeper.

Luton had a free kick two minutes later which Charles-Cook caught and then they were forced into a change when Benson came off worse in a tangle with Reda Johnson and was replaced by Josh McQuoid who was taunted with "City Reject" chants by the noisy City support.

City, who clearly lacked a target man up front, despite finding some width through Lameiras on the left and Phillips on the right, won a corner in the 34th minute when Ryan Haynes had a shot pushed over by Justham who really should have caught the ball.

With the City support more interest in taking the mickey out of a steward that was a dead ringer for Peter Griffin out of Family Guy, Charles-Cook had to deal with a tame shot from Green just before the break.

There were no changes at the break for a City side which came out for the second half, looking far more positive.

Straight after the re-start, Jim O'Brien had a shot pushed away for a corner by Justham in front of the City support in the Oak Road Stand for the first of two corners. 

In the 48th minute, Swanson and Lameiras worked together and played the ball across to the unmarked James Maddison who lashed the ball in to the net from a couple of feet out. 

City had a spell of pressure as did Luton before Tony Mowbray replaced Lameiras with the Sky Blues' goal-scorer at Portsmouth - George Thomas. 

After Luton had changed half their team, Maddison fed Thomas for a 70th minute shot at the substitute keeper. 

City kept working hard in midfield with one of those Danny Swanson, who had got in some good challenges and done his best to get City playing against an organised side, was replaced to good applause from a City support that had been singing his name for much of the afternoon.

Dion Kelly-Evans whipped in a couple of good crosses but with no striker, there was no-one to get on the end of them. 

The Sky Blues had bossed most of the match but four minutes from time, Tony Mowbray's side were denied their first win of pre-season when substitute Jack Marriott raced down the left and clipped the ball past the advancing Charles-Cook and into the net.  

City, travel to Cambridge United on Tuesday night.

 

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