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REPORT: Blackpool 1-4 Sky Blues

City have stormed to a memorable away win over Blackpool in the Championship...

18 March 2023

Match Reports

REPORT: Blackpool 1-4 Sky Blues

City have stormed to a memorable away win over Blackpool in the Championship...

18 March 2023

The Sky Blues have stormed to a memorable away win over Blackpool in the Championship, cruising to a comfortable 4-1 score line at Bloomfield Road.

Ben Sheaf handed City the lead before a CJ Hamilton goal ensured Mark Robins' side were ahead at half time.

Kyle McFadzean, who handed Blackpool a goal by conceding a first-half penalty, scored Coventry's third before Matty Godden's fourth confirmed victory.

Despite the noise of 3,777 fans in the away end, it was the hosts who had the first chance of the game with CJ Hamilton finding space behind the Sky Blues defence to shoot. His effort went wide.

It was the Sky Blues who edged in front, however, through centurian midfielder Sheaf, making his 100th appearance for Coventry. Gyökeres moved inside and slid the ball inside for Sheaf, arriving on the edge of the area, who picked his corner expertly.

Blackpool pushed for a leveler before the break with Hamilton doing his best to cause City problems in search of striker Jerry Yates, who was a constant threat in the middle of the park.

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Their hard work was rewarded after 33 minutes when a bad pass from Sheaf allowed Morgan Rogers to charge forward into the penalty area where he was fouled by Kyle McFadzean. Yates made no mistake from the spot.

Gyökeres went searching for a Sky Blues response almost instantly, testing Chris Maxwell from range, before City were left appealing for a penalty when the Swedish striker appeared to be tripped inside the penalty area. The referee waved for the play to continue.

City would go into the break ahead, however, thanks to an own goal on the stroke of half time. Hamer played a dangerous ball into the area which was turned in by Blackpool defender Hamilton, under pressure from McFadzean.

After the break, Robins' side only strengthened their position in the game with McFadzean this time ensuring a goal would be awarded to him by firing in a stunning volley from 18 yards. It was three for City.

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Still searching for a goal, Gyökeres came close to making it 4-1 just after the hour mark thanks to some good work from Tyler Walker. The cross bounced just before the Swede, and he was unable to get his toe to the effort.

Matty Godden and Brooke Norton-Cuffy were introduced mid-way through the second half as Robins looked to see the game out, and Godden almost added to his season tally with a far-post header, only to see the effort sail over the bar

Godden's goal did come, however, moments later when more good work from City saw the forward sent into the penalty area with time to pick his corner and put his side another goal ahead.

The result has moved the Sky Blues closer to the top six with seven games left to play in the SkyBet Championship.

Yellows: Viktor Gyökeres 13', Kyle McFadzean 33', Gustavo Hamer 83'.

Reds: None.

Goals: Ben Sheaf 20', Jerry Yates 33', CJ Hamilton O.G. 45', Kyle McFadzean 49', Matty Godden 73'.

Score: Blackpool 1-4 Sky Blues.

Blackpool XI: Chris Maxwell (GK), Callum Connolly, James Husband, Lewis Fiorini, Jerry Yates, CJ Hamilton, Andy Lyons, Morgan Rogers, Charlie Patino, Curtis Nelson.

Subs: Dan Grimshaw (GK), Keshi Anderson, Josh Bowler, Kenny Dougall, Sonny Carey, Dominic Thompson, Ian Poveda.

Sky Blues Xl: Ben Wilson (GK); Luke McNally, Kyle McFadzean (C), Callum Doyle; Fankaty Dabo (Brooke Norton-Cuffy 63'), Josh Eccles, Ben Sheaf, Gustavo Hamer (90' Maguire), Jake Bidwell (90' Wilson-Esbrand); Tyler Walker (Matty Godden 63'), Viktor Gyökeres.

Subs: Simon Moore (GK), Josh Wilson-Esbrand, Jonathan Panzo, Ryan Howley, Sean Maguire.

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