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Saturday, August 21, 1999 Published at 18:31 GMT 19:31 UK

Keane smacks debut double

Robbie Keane has continued at Coventry where he left off at Wolves

Coventry 2-0 Derby

Robbie Keane produced the perfect performance on his Coventry debut, with a two-goal display to see off Midlands rivals Derby and give City their first win of the season.

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The 19-year-old striker scored in either half to the delight of the Highfield Road faithful, who had seen star players like George Boateng and Darren Huckerby leave in recent weeks.

Keane, a £6m signing from Wolves last week, was the best player on display and linked well with new strike partner Noel Whelan.

He made his mark after 43 minutes of his first game, with a superb solo goal.

Collecting a pass from fellow new-boy Mustapha Hadji, he cut into the area and blasted home from a tight angle.

Eighteen minutes from time Keane completed a dream debut, tapping in after Steve Froggat's positive running had left the Derby defence floundering.

The result leaves the Rams with just one point from four games - alongside Newcastle and Sheffield Wednesday at the bottom of the table.

Sublime start

Sky Blues supporters may have questioned the signing of Keane.

But they showed how much they appreciate him now, when he left the pitch in the 84th minute to a standing ovation.

With two goals from his only two chances, Keane's finishing made all the difference to a Coventry side whose only previous goal had come from the penalty spot.

His impressive opener sent Derby in at half-time looking like a beaten team.

But County emerged for the second half in more determined fashion - without ever creating a clear-cut chance.

Their closest effort came when Seth Johnson crossed from the right for Spencer Prior whose header hit the side netting.


Coventry: Hedman, Edworthy, Shaw, Williams, Burrows, Telfer, Hadji, McAllister, Chippo, Keane, Whelan. Subs: Nuzzo, Aloisi, Froggatt, Breen, Strachan.

Derby: Poom, Carbonari, Laursen, Prior, Delap, Borbokis, Johnson, Powell, Eranio, Sturridge, Burton. Subs: Hoult, Schnoor, Harper, Bohinen, Beck.

Referee: J Winter (Stockton-on-Tees)

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