Match Report


Posted By  Nick Connoll ,  Tue 31 Dec 13

Coventry City got themselves back to winning ways in League One with a hard fought 2-1 win over Bristol City at a rain-soaked Ashton Gate.

Franck Moussa's fine individual goal opened the scoring for the Sky Blues after just six minutes with Andy Webster poking home a second midway through the half to give Steven Pressley's men a well deserved lead.

The home side made it a tense final nine minutes when Wes Burns headed home a corner with nine minutes to go but City hung on to do the double over the Robins and lift themselves to within nine points of the top six.

Pressley made two changes for the trip to the South West, handing loan signing Nathan Delfouneso his full debut with a return to the side for Adam Barton at the expense of George Thomas and the ill John Fleck.

The Sky Blues wasted no time in shrugging of the sodden conditions though to get themselves ahead after just six minute with another superb individual effort from Franck Moussa.

The makeshift striker picked up the ball in the halfway line and ran at the Robins back line, starting with Adam El-Abd and then reeling in Aden Flint, twisting and turning the pair before firing under the body of 'keeper Simon Moore from eight yards to put the Sky Blues ahead.

Two minutes later Bristol City very nearly had a leveller when Marvin Elliott lashed a shot across the face of goal only for the ball to go wide of Joe Murphy's far post.

Elliott's effort from the only real flourish from the hosts in an open 20 minutes that were largely controlled by the Sky Blues' attacking endeavour.

Barton forced a good save out of Moore on 23 minutes when he picked up a ball 25 out and tried his luck with the Robins 'keeper having to tip the effort over the bar.

City only had to wait seconds though before they deservedly doubled their lead when, from Carl Baker's resulting corner delivery, a flick on from Delfouneso fell to the feet of Webster at the back post to poke home an easy finish from three yards.

Joe Murphy was called into action after 26 minutes when a through ball found Greg Cunningham to burst through the line only for Murphy to deny his relatively tame effort with a leg save.

The confidence within the Sky Blues was clear for all to see though, even in the driving rain and wind, when Baker fancied hhis chances from 30 yards and got his shot on target and forced an uncertain save from Moore with 11 minutes of the half to go.

The Robins nearly got a bizarre goal back with three minutes to go before the break though. A long ball aimed for Sam Baldock drew Murphy way off his line, the Bristol skipper then took it around Murphy and fired a finish from near the corner flag which he had to watch hit the inside of the far post with Blair Adams on hand to hack the ball clear.

Murphy did well to deny Scott Wagstaff ten minutes after the restart though when the midfielder's delicate effort from 20 yards caught the wind and nearly drifted under the bar and inside the far post only for Murphy to tip the ball over the bar.

The effort was a sign of of a more attacking stance from the home side as they tried to find a goal that would give them a route back into the game.

Substitute Wes Burns whipped in a pair of dangerous crosses across the face of goal, after his introduction on 65 minutes but Simon Gillett went perilously close to getting on the scoresheet with 15 minutes to go,picking up a loose ball in the City area but firing into the side netting.

The Robins did get the goal back that they were threateneing though with nine minutes to go. A corner delivery connected with Burns' head with Flint getting the final touch to turn the ball home and set up a nervous last nine minutes.

City managed to see out the remainder of normal time with no great incident but they then had to also do the same for the five-plus minutes of added time. The did so though in tough conditions to claim their first league win in four games.

Attendance: 11,272 (686 Sky Blue Army)


Coventry City: Murphy, Christie, Webster, Seaborne, Adams, Baker (c) (Marshall 73), C Thomas, Barton, Daniels, Moussa (Fleck 67), Delfouneso
Subs: Burge (GK), Willis, Clarke, Garner, G Thomas

BristolCity: Moore, Williams, Flint, Baldock (c), Emmanuel-Thomas, Wagstaff, Bryan (Pack 45), Cunningham, El-Abd (Barnettt 65), M Elliott (Burns 65), Gillett
Subs: Fielding (GK), Moloney, W Elliott, Reid

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