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REPORT: Sky Blues 1-0 Blackburn Rovers

Jamie Allen's goal proves the difference...

1 November 2022

Match Reports

REPORT: Sky Blues 1-0 Blackburn Rovers

Jamie Allen's goal proves the difference...

1 November 2022

Jamie Allen’s first half goal was enough to earn the Sky Blues all three points against Blackburn Rovers at the Coventry Building Society Arena.

The midfielder, who donned the captain’s armband for the night, latched onto a ball into the box from Josh Eccles, to score his third of the season.

The win lifts City out of the bottom three, as they climb to 19th in the Sky Bet Championship.

It was a bright start from the Sky Blues, as they had the better of the chances during the opening exchanges of the game at the CBS Arena.

Josh Eccles was returning to the starting eleven and he had the first of City’s chances, coming in from the right-hand-side and forcing Thomas Kaminski into an early stop.

Moments later, space opened up for Gustavo Hamer from distance and he struck a ferocious effort, which stung the palms of Kaminski.

At the other end, the visitors had their first chance, and it came from the Chilean international, Ben Brereton Diaz, as he cut in from the left and curled an effort wide of Ben Wilson’s goal.

Hamer was seeing a lot of the ball and he was troubling Kaminski with several shots from range, with his latest a free-kick from 35-yards-out, which the Rovers ‘keeper could only push back in towards play.

Kaminski continued to be involved, next producing a stop from Viktor Gyokeres, who latched onto Ben Sheaf’s through ball, but he couldn’t fire the ball into the back of the net.

The Swede and Sheaf were part of City’s next chance, firstly Gyokeres looking to turn Hamer’s corner in, but his efforts saw the ball cleared to Sheaf, who fired the ball towards goal, but Brereton-Diaz made the block.

Mark Robins’ men were relentless in trying to find the games opening goal and this time it was Callum O’Hare’s shot, which was blocked by Dom Hyam, which prevented the midfielder testing the Rovers ‘keeper.

Despite City’s dominance, Blackburn had a chance to take the lead through Callum Brittain, but he could only find the side netting.

However, with only minutes remaining of the first half City found the goal they had been craving and it came from a Josh Eccles ball into the box which was met by Jamie Allen, and he found the back of the net to make it 1-0.

HALF-TIME: Sky Blues 1-0 Blackburn Rovers

The first shot on target of the second half came from Brereton Diaz, with the striker forcing Ben Wilson into a fine save to deny Blackburn getting back on level terms.

City’s best chance of the second half fell to the man who scored the games only goal at this point, but after Gyokeres had won the ball back and played in the captain for the night, Allen’s shot was well saved by Kaminski.

Kaminski’s counterpart, Ben Wilson was quick off his line at the other end to get to the ball before Brereton Diaz and then cleared his lines.

George Hirst was introduced at half-time and with ten minutes on the clock, he got on the end of a ball into the box, but his header went over the bar.

Just like Hirst, Bradley Dack made his way onto the pitch in the second half and again, like Hirst, he saw his header fly over the bar.

With just over five minutes remaining, Blackburn were reduced to ten-men when Jake Garrett put in a horrendous challenge on Callum Doyle, with Tim Robinson having no alternative other than to send the Rovers man off.

The Sky Blues saw out the remaining few minutes to secure all three points and climb out of the bottom three.

FULL-TIME: Sky Blues 1-0 Blackburn Rovers

 

Yellows: Dom Hyam, Josh Eccles, Scott Wharton, Daniel Ayala, Kasey Palmer, Thomas Kaminski

Reds: Jake Garrett

Attendance: 16,512 (796 away)

Goals: Jamie Allen

 

Sky Blues Xl: Ben Wilson; Michael Rose, Callum Doyle, Jonathan Panzo; Josh Eccles, Gus Hamer (70’ Palmer), Ben Sheaf, Jake Bidwell; Jamie Allen (C), Callum O’Hare (76’ Walker); Viktor Gyokeres.

Unused Subs: Simon Moore (GK), Todd Kane, Fabio Tavares, Jack Burroughs, Ryan Howley.

 

Blackburn Rovers Xl: Thomas Kaminski, Dom Hyam, Daniel Ayala, Scott Wharton (88’ Pickering), Lewis Travis (c) (79’ Garrett), Tyler Morton (79’ Dolan), Adam Wharton, Callum Brittain, Sammie Szmodics (80’ Dack), Ben Brereton Diaz, Jack Vale (46’ Hirst).

Unused Subs: Aynsley Pears, Hayden Carter.


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