Newcastle strikers can’t score but Adam Armstrong winning rave reviews on loan at Coventry City

Coventry City's Adam Armstrong is in fine form
Coventry City's Adam Armstrong is in fine form

Steve McClaren’s side may be struggling to score but the club’s teenage striker Adam Armstrong has scored again for Coventry City - with Tony Mowbray hailing his loan signing.

Mowbray says his League One side will need to score between 70 and 80 goals this campaign and he has backed Armstrong to score the bulk of them.

The 18-year-old scored five goals in three starts when he joined in the summer but then went three games without scoring.

But Armstrong was back on the scoresheet in Coventry’s 1-0 win over Chesterfield and his display left Mowbray purring.

Mowbray said: “It’s great that he scored because that will help him buy into the demands that we put on him.

“Not that I would ever question him because he works extraordinarily hard.

“We tell him how we think he should play, the positions he should take up, and it’s important that when he does all that work throughout the week he gets some reward for it because if he doesn’t he might start to question what we’re telling him.

“He hit the ground running but he hadn’t scored for a while and sometimes those things can play on your mind.

“That’s true of any striker and he shouldn’t have that pressure on him at 18 years of age.

“But we’ve said that to be successful this season we’ve got to score between 70 and 80 goals – we’ve got seven forward-thinking players to share that out but at the moment Adam has to score the bulk of them,” Mowbray told the Coventry Telegraph.