Newcastle loan player Gael Bigirimana controlled the midfield on Tuesday night as Coventry put in their best performance of the season.

The Sky Blues stay top of League One despite only drawing 0-0 at Bradford in front of over seventeen thousand fans, with the only thing missing being goals on the end of the performance.

Manager Tony Mowbray said it was as good as Coventry have played in any previous match, with Adam Armstrong coming closest to breaking the deadlock, hitting the post with a left foot shot in the first half.

However, it was the returning Gael Bigirimana who caught Mowbray’s eye, the midfielder making his first start for Coventry since his transfer to Newcastle for £1m in 2012.

Newcastle are looking increasingly desperate in the centre of midfield and the Leicester match being a possible new low, whilst there are strong indications that the shocking Yoan Gouffran will get another game in the centre of midfield at Crystal Palace.

So even though it is admittedly at a lower level, it is ironic that Tony Mowbray raved about Bigirimana’s display last night against an in-form Bradford City (now nine games unbeaten).

Mowbray saying; ‘Gael Bigirimana gave us a real level of control in the game. His passing and link play was really important to us today’.

Tony Mowbray:

“We are a bit disappointed with the result as I think it was as good as we’ve played all season really and played some good football at times.

“We controlled the game and where they had one or two isolated moments, we took the sting out of the occasion really well.

“Aaron Martin and Ben Turner did the job they were supposed to and Gael Bigirimana gave us a real level of control in the game. His passing and link play was really important to us today.”