FOOTBALL:Just the Tonic for City; SECOND-HALF GOAL RUSH CLINCHES CARLING CUP SUCCESS AND GIVES REID'S SKY BLUES A WELCOME INJECTION OF CONFIDENCE
Byline: BY ANDY TURNER
SATURDAY'S boos and chants of 'What a load of rubbish' were quickly forgotten as the Sky Blues eased their way through to the second round of the Carling Cup.
Critics may point to the fact that they were playing considerably easier opposition but, nevertheless, Peter Reid's players gave themselves and their fans the perfect pick-me-up with a masterclass in passing and some terrific goals.
The pick of the bunch was a brace of superb solo efforts from Patrick Suffo who struck twice in the space of three minutes, adding to Stephen Hughes's 51st-minute opener following an extremely entertaining yet ultimately frustrating first half during which Coventry totally dominated the game but had nothing to show for it.
To Torquay's credit, despite travelling to Highfield Road with a string of key players missing and low on confidence after failing to win any of their opening four League One games, they defended stoutly against a team determined to put right a wrong.
Reid made a number of changes to his starting line-up, notably dropping Suffo to the bench and restoring Gary McSheffrey up front, while also giving Andy Morrell a start ahead of Eddie Johnson and …
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Publication information: Article title: FOOTBALL:Just the Tonic for City; SECOND-HALF GOAL RUSH CLINCHES CARLING CUP SUCCESS AND GIVES REID'S SKY BLUES A WELCOME INJECTION OF CONFIDENCE. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: Coventry Evening Telegraph (England). Publication date: August 26, 2004. Page number: 86. © 2009 Coventry Newpapers. COPYRIGHT 2004 Gale Group.
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