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REPORT: Sky Blues 2-0 Wigan Athletic

Gustavo Hamer and Viktor Gyokeres fired City to victory on home soil...

8 November 2022

Match Reports

REPORT: Sky Blues 2-0 Wigan Athletic

Gustavo Hamer and Viktor Gyokeres fired City to victory on home soil...

8 November 2022

The Sky Blues have made it seven wins in 11 games by beating Wigan Athletic at the Coventry Building Society Arena.

Gustavo Hamer's deflected strike and a late goal from Viktor Gyokeres was the difference between the two teams, on an evening dominated by the home side.

Coventry had chances to score through Tyler Walker, Kasey Palmer and Gyokeres - but it was midfielder Hamer who broke Wigan Athletic hearts with just twelve minutes left on the clock.

And deep into stoppage time, with the visitors pushing for a leveller, Gyokeres broke free to make it two.

The evening's entertainment at the CBS Arena started gradually, with City registering only half chances during the opening 20 minutes through Josh Eccles and Kasey Palmer.

Wigan had openings of their own but failed in their early attempts to bring an end to Ben Wilson's clean-sheet streak.

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Ben Sheaf continued to ensure the Sky Blues had the better share of possession as Mark Robins' side plugged away in their efforts to find an opener. Hamer and Palmer both saw probing, defence-splitting passes run too far ahead of their target.

After the break, City turned up their intensity with Hamer and O'Hare both having failed opportunities to find the net. Hamer's earned the Sky Blues a corner, while O'Hare was left on the ground calling for the referee to point to the penalty spot.

Viktor Gyokeres began to create problems for the Latics, with his powerful runs putting defenders on the back foot but was unable to find the net, forcing Robins into making a double change: Tyler Walker replaced Callum O'Hare while Kasey Palmer made way for Jamie Allen.

City were also forced into a third change moments later, when Michael Rose hobbled off nursing an injury. He was replaced by teenager and Manchester City loanee Callum Doyle.

The changes worked for the Sky Blues with Hamer, aided by a deflection, handing his side a deserved lead with just over ten minutes left on the clock, as he watched his effort loop over Jamie Jones and into the net.

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From there, Coventry set about defending their goal as Wigan looked to find a late equaliser but also came close to doubling their lead through Walker, with his effort curling wide of the far post.

Goals: Hamer 77', Gyokeres 90'.

Yellows: Whatmough 20', Sheaf 38', Panzo 64'.

Reds: None.

Sky Blues XI: Ben Wilson (GK), Jonathan Panzo, Michael Rose (Callum Doyle 73'), Kyle McFadzean (C), Callum O'Hare (Tyler Walker 69'), Ben Sheaf, Viktor Gyokeres, Jake Bidwell, Josh Eccles, Gustavo Hamer, Kasey Palmer (Jamie Allen 69').

Unused subs: Simon Moore (GK), Todd Kane, Fabio Tavares, Jack Burroughs.

Wigan Athletic XI: Jamie Jones (GK), Jack Whatmough, Jordan Cousins (Thelo Aasgaard 82'), Max Power, Charlie Wyke (73'), Will Keane (Nathan Broadhead 61'), James McClean, Curtis Tilt, Callum Lang (Graeme Shinnie 73'), Ramarni Edmonds-Green, Tendayi Darikwa (C) (Gwion Edwards 82').

Unused subs: Sam Tickle (GK), Joe Bennett.

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