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MATCH REPORT: Coventry City 0-1 Scunthorpe United - City suffer narrow defeat at the Ricoh against the Iron

12 November 2016

Josh Morris on target as the Sky Blues are defeated by the league leaders...

The Sky Blues fell to a narrow defeat against table topping Scunthorpe United at the Ricoh, ending their unbeaten home run. 

Josh Morris scored the only goal of the game, latching onto the end of a Paddy Madden delivery to give the visitors all three points.

The first chance of the game fell to the visiting side and a returning Madden, who was an injury doubt prior to kick-off. A deflected Conor Townsend cross fell to the striker, but Lee Burge made a fantastic close-range save to deny Scunthorpe an opener. 

The Sky Blues responded well and fashioned their own chance in the fifteenth minute. Daniel Agyei flashed the ball across the six-yard box and it fell to Andre Wright. The forward’s initial effort was blocked on the line, before his second attempt was also blocked and cleared to safety. 

Scunthorpe were next to come close to the opening goal through the ever-dangerous Duane Holmes. Morris’ cross looked to be finding the midfielder a matter of yards from goal, but Jamie Sterry was on hand to turn the ball to safety. 

Sterry was then involved at the opposite end as he looked for his second Coventry City goal in the space of a week. Wright crossed for the defender, who’s dipping volley went narrowly wide of the ‘keepers far post. 

City came forward again as Gael Bigirimana slipped a ball into the path of frontman Agyei. The striker cut inside of his man but blazed an effort over the bar from what looked to be a promising position. 

In the final moments of the first half, Marvin Sordell picked up the ball and drove at the Scunthorpe defence. The forward worked it onto his favoured right foot before firing at goal, but Daniels saved well. 

The visitors had the first chance of the second half, as Tom Hopper worked the ball to Madden. The striker took it round one man but blazed it over the bar from inside the box. 

Scunthorpe had their rewards for a positive re-start shortly after. Madden delivered a teasing cross into the six-yard box and Morris got in front of his man and poked home from close range.   

The Sky Blues looked to respond and very nearly equalised through Sterry. Firstly, Daniels denied him from close range, before an excellent block from Murray Wallace saved a certain goal bound effort.  

Despite City continuing to drive forward, Scunthorpe nearly doubled their advantage through the tireless Hopper. A ball over the top found the striker, but through on goal he couldn’t find the target. 

The home side had half-chances late on through Bigirimana and substitute Ruben Lameiras, but the Iron held on for the three points. 

Attendance: 9,737 (767)

Yellow: Turnbull, Lameiras, Holmes, Goode.

Teams

Coventry City: Burge (GK), Sterry, Willis (C), Turnbull, Page, Stevenson, Bigirimana, Rose (Reid 74'), Wright (Jones 65'), Sordell, Agyei (Lameiras 56').  

Subs: Charles-Cook (GK), Harries, Gadzhev, Tudgay.

Scunthorpe United: Daniels (GK), Wiseman, Wallace, Mirfin (Goode 41'), Dawson (C), Madden (Williams 84'), Morris, Bishop, Hopper, Holmes (Smallwood 76'), Townsend. 

Subs: Anyon (GK), Adelakun, Mantom, Clarke.

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