David Burrows was sent off midway through the second
half as Coventry slid to their second defeat in the opening two games, a penalty by Muzzy
Izzet separating the teams.
Left back Burrows was red carded by Scunthorpe referee Neil Barry for elbowing
Leicesters Robbie Savage in the face as they ran after the ball in the 69th
Burrows will now automatically be suspended and Coventrys season already begins
to bear that familiar look.
They did not look like scoring against Southampton on Saturday, they sold striker
Darren Huckerby and looked even less like scoring against Leicester.
They have no goals and no points from two matches and the season is stacking up as a
tough proposition even at this early stage.
Manager Gordon Strachan fielded an unusual line up after Huckerbys sudden
departure to Leeds United in a £5.5 million deal.
Noel Whelan found himself leading the line on his own facing the aggressive intentions
of Scotland international centre back Matt Elliott with Moustapha Hadji trying to work off
him from a slightly deep position.
But though Coventry produced some promising football they lacked the cutting edge up
front and Kenilworth born Tim Flowers, making his home debut for the Foxes after his
signing from Blackburn Rovers, looked at ease and assured.
Up to the 20th minute Coventry gained some measure of control however and
Paul Telfer was prominent in three moves.
In the 9th minute referee Neil Barry sensibly waved play on when Whelan was
fouled and Steve Froggatt swung over a centre for Telfer to get in a header at the far
post but the ball skidded wide.
After 15 minutes Telfer crossed deep into the penalty area but Whelan was pulled back
for a foul on Flowers.
Four minutes later Telfer tried a shot from thirty yards which hugged the ground but
flew past the far post.
Then came the aberration of the sort which has led to the teams downfall in a
number of matches over the last year.
Leicester had looked out of sorts but from an innocuous attack the ball dropped to
Muzzy Izzet in the penalty area and he had oceans of room to power in a shot which Magnus
Hedman did exceptionally well to block with a mid air save with his legs. The rebound shot
struck a defender and suddenly Coventry looked rattled.
Within sixty seconds they had fallen behind. It was the 24th minute when
Neil Lennon, who had continually slipped his marker to pick up passes from Impey near the
left corner of the penalty area did it again.
This time as he scooted into the area Coventrys right back Marc Edworthy stuck
out a foot and the penalty award was inevitable. Izzet stepped up to rifle a low shot into
Hedmans right corner.
After Burrows was sent off ten man Coventry tried desperately to prise an opening and
it fell to Paul Williams following a corner kick, but the big centreback spooned his
effort over the bar.
At the other end Hedman produced a superb fingertip save to deflect Tony Cottees
flick header past the post and then he dived to push Izzets shot around the post
when Leicester broke away swiftly from a corner kick at their own end.
The final chance fell to Leicester in stoppage time when Flowers quick throw sent
Savage away. His crossfield pass opened up the way for Izzet to screw his shot past
Hedman, but Edworthy at full stretch scooped the ball off the goalline.
Flowers: Sinclair, Taggart (Gilchrist 68 mins), Elliott, Savage, Impey, Lennon, Izzet,
Guppy, Cottee, Marshall (Campbell 64 mins)
Subs: Arpexhad, Oakes, Zagorakis
Hedman, Edworthy, Shaw, Williams, Burrows, Telfer, McAllister, Chippo, Froggatt (Aloisi 76
mins), Whelan, Hadji
Subs: Nuzzo (gk), Gavin Strachan, Konjic, Breen
GOAL: Izzett (24 mins, penalty)
REFEREE: Neil Barry (Scunthorpe)
Leicester Lennon (42 mins, dissent), Marshall (52 mins, foul)
Coventry Chippo (31 mins, foul), Froggatt (56 mins, foul)
SENDING OFF: Burrows (69 mins)
COVENTRY MAN OF THE MATCH: Youssef Chippo