Match Report


Tue 30 Jun 15

Coventry City netted a dramatic late winner to secure a 1-0 win over Fleetwood Town at Highbury.

For the second year running against the Cod Army, the Sky Blues left it late but former Sky Blue Richard Wood's own goal a minute from time gave City their first away win since Burton Albion back in September.

The Sky Blues reintroduced the rested Reda Johnson, Chris Stokes, Romain Vincelot and Marc-Antoine Fortune from the midweek cup exit to Yeovil Town and started the better at Highbury.

City had more of the ball on the carpet-like surface and Jacob Murphy went the closest in the first-half when he had an effort somehow cleared off the line just before the half-hour mark.

Skipper Sam Ricketts forayed down the right side, like he did for the entire 90 minutes, and his cross found Murphy at the back-post who slid in and his effort, which looked like it was in, was cleared off the line sensationally by Dionatan Teixeira. 

Jim O'Brien went close himself shortly afterwards, when he surged towards the area and curled a low effort inches wide of the right upright.

The Sky Blues couldn't break down the Cod Army in the first-half but were almost made to pay just after the interval. Nick Haughton met a cross at the back-post and hit a firm right-footed effort which rattled the near left post.

O'Brien and Murphy then had efforts which went close from distance as Fleetwood remained sturdy at the back. They did have one lapse on 68 minutes when Chris Maxwell fumbled a corner and after Reda Johnson and Ricketts tried to get the ball over the line, it was hacked clear by a home defender in the nick of time.

George Thomas then came on for Ruben Lameiras but Reice Charles-Cook had to be sharp to deny substitute David Ball's effort inside shortly after to keep it 0-0.

Marcus Tudgay then came on for O'Brien with just under ten minutes to play and four minutes later, Murphy was so close to nicking it for the Sky Blues as he struck the post. The Norwich loanee took the ball from 20-yards and hit a thunderous effort which hit the inside of the left post.

It was desperately unlucky but the Sky Blues' luck turned with just a minute to spare when George Thomas gave himself half a yard on the edge of the area and hit a sweet strike which Maxwell parried onto former Sky Blues defender Wood who was unfortunate to divert the ball into his own net.

But the 1,100 City fans behind that goal didn't care as it meant they could make the long journey home seeing Tony Mowbray's men pick up the three points.


Coventry City: Charles-Cook (GK), Stokes, Johnson, Martin, Ricketts (C), Fleck, Vincelot, Murphy (C. Thomas 90), Lameiras (G.Thomas 77), O'Brien (Tudgay 83), Fortune.

Subs: Burge (GK), Elford-Alliyu, Jackson, Phillips.

Fleetwood Town: Maxwell (GK), Davis, Bell, Wood, Teixeria, Nirennold (Jonsson 49), Sarcevic, Ryan, Haughton (Grant 58), Proctor, Hunter (Ball 65).

Subs: Gogic (GK), Jordan, Sowerby, Matt.

Attendance: 3,864

Referee: M Heywood

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