Adam Armstrong has now helped send Coventry City three points clear at the top of the table.

The Sky blues overcame joint leaders Gillingham 4-1, to send the fans delirious and dreaming of better times and divisions ahead.

Adam Armstrong didn’t get on the scoresheet himself today but his all round play was excellent as he played a supporting role to others on this occasion.

Jacob Murphy scored twice last week when the Newcastle striker was on international duty and Coventry boss Tony Mowbray said nobody’s place in the team, including Armstrong’s, could be taken for granted.

To emphasise the point, Murphy added a 10 minute hat-trick against Gillingham to make it 5 goals in 2 games.

The nearest Adam Armstrong came to adding to his 12 goal tally was when he beat the keeper but struck the post.

The Achilles heel for Coventry City is potentially their reliance on loan players.

All four goals today were scored by players on loan (Ben Turner got the other) and it remains to be seen whether Newcastle will need Adam Armstrong back at St James Park in January, the answer screams YES after today’s abysmal Newcastle display.

Gael Bigirimana came on for hat-trick hero Murphy in the 63rd minute on his return to the club where he began his club career.

Tony Mowbray:

“Ultimately it’s about winning the match, getting the points, moving on to the next one.

“We managed to do that and we still had chances – Adam Armstrong went through one-on-one and hit the post and a few flashed across their six-yard box when a toe would have meant another goal.

“All in all it was a top performance but we have to use that as our benchmark and make sure we try to retain that level as often as we can.

“I’m delighted for him (Jacob Murphy) because he’s a wonderful lad – a smashing character around our football club. We’re very fortunate to have the Murphys, the Armstrongs, the Kents – young boys, away from their home and family and learning to grow up.”