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PREVIEW: Coventry City v Exeter City - The Sky Blues host the Grecians at the Ricoh Arena

City take on Exeter in SkyBet League Two...

23 September 2017

Venue: The Ricoh Arena

Competition: SkyBet League Two

Date: Saturday 23rd September, 2017

Kick-off: 3pm

The Sky Blues host top of the table side Exeter City at the Ricoh Arena as Mark Robins' side look to break into the automatic promotion places.

A win for the Grecians will make it seven on the bounce and could see them extend their lead to 6 points in SkyBet League Two.

The visitors will likely remain unchanged, as they have for the last five games, but Ryan Harley could return to the bench, having been sidelined with injury. 

The Opponents

Sky Blues fans will remember Exeter striker Robbie Simpson from his time at the Ricoh Arena. The 32-year-old scored four goals in 62 games for City after joining from Cambridge United where he managed an impresive 17 goals in his first 33 games in professional football.

Reuben Reid will be the Grecian's main attacking threat on Saturday. The powerful forward has scored seven in eight this season and tops the scoring chart in SkyBet League Two.

Memorable Meeting

Two goals from Aaron Phillips before the break helped the Sky Blues to a 3-1 victory over Exeter City in the 2014-15 EFL Trophy. 

Phillips' snapshot gave City the lead on 35 minutes at the Ricoh before his spectacular curler doubled our lead just before the interval. 

Some brilliant work from Simeon Jackson helped to release Josh McQuoid one-on-one with the 'keeper for what was the Sky Blue's third of the afternoon at the Ricoh.

Exeter did pull one back late-on through Ollie Watkins but it was not enough to stop City from progressing to the next round.

Last Five Meetings

Coventry City 3-1 Exeter City - 7th October 2014 - EFL Trophy

Exeter City 2-1 Coventry City - 31st January 1959 - Division Three

Coventry City 2-0 Exeter City - 13th September 1958 - Division Three

Coventry City 0-1 Exeter City - 19th November 1955 - FA Cup

Coventry 1-2 Exeter City - 18th December 1930 - FA Cup

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REPORT: Coventry City 2-0 Exeter City - Sky Blues claim third straight win at the Ricoh

23 September 2017

The Sky Blues have beaten Exeter City 2-0 in SkyBet League Two with Devon Kelly-Evans grabbing the winner on his first league start.

City took the lead early in the second half when Jodi Jones’ cross was deflected off Grecian’s defender Troy Brown and into his own net.

The win makes Coventry the first side to beat Exeter this season, ending their seven-game unbeaten league run.

Mark Robins’ side were supposed to be unchanged for this one, but an injury to Stuart Beavon in the warm-ups meant that Devon Kelly-Evans came into the eleven, with Marc McNulty filling in on the bench.

It would be the 21-year-old, making his first league start, to have City’s first chance of the game. Jodi Jones found himself with room to run at Exeter defender Craig Woodman before finding Kelly-Evans with a cross but his snapshot was saved by Christy Pym.

Jones was a constant threat with his driving runs down the right and came close to finding the corner just as the board went up for added time. The teenager had been trying to find a way inside on his left all afternoon and was finally given his first glimpse at Christy Pym’s near post but the ‘keeper was able to collect. 

Duckens Nazon scored City’s only goal last weekend against Cambridge. He had the final say of the opening 45 when he latched onto Kelly-Evans’ pass and beat his marker but his shot whistled just wide of the far post. 

The breakthrough came just shy of the hour mark. Jones’ free-kick struck the wall and fell back to him giving him time to open up and drill a low cross through the area which, after a big deflection off Troy Brown, floated into the net. Jones wheeled away claiming it, but that one will go down as an own goal.

Moments later and City should have put the game well beyond Exeter. Nazon’s excellent first touch took him away from Craig Woodman but his effort rolled agonisingly just wide of the far post.

Chris Stokes has only scored on three occasions for the Sky Blues, but nobody new inside the Ricoh Arena would have guessed as he cut inside onto his weak foot and rattled the crossbar with a thunderbolt from range.

Mark Robins’ side did seal the win in stoppage time. Devon Kelly-Evans, who was only in for the injured Beavon, met Jones’ low cross at the far post to fire City two goals ahead and secure all three points at the Ricoh. 

Yellow: Doyle, Tillson, Boateng.

Attendance: 8,340 (1,122)


Coventry City XI: Burge (GK), Grimmer, Willis, McDonald, Stokes, Kelly, Doyle (C), Vincenti (Biamou 21'), Nazon, Jones, Dev. Kelly-Evans.

Coventry City Subs: O'Brien (GK), Davies, Shipley, Maycock, McNulty, Ponticelli.

Exeter City XI: Pym (GK), Sweeney, Woodman (Boateng 69'), James, Tilson, Holmes, Moore-Taylor (C) (Stockley 45'), McAlinden (Moxey 69'), Taylor, Reid, Brown.

Exeter City Subs: Hamon (GK), Archibald-Henville, Jay, Edwards.

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