Coventry City defender Marcus Hall has thrown
himself into first team contention after completing a full 90 minutes for the reserve
With David Burrows still suspended after his sending off at Leicester, Hall could step
straight back into the side for next Saturdays clash with Leeds United at Highfield
However, Halls presence in last nights match was the only plus point as a
Coventry side depleted by injury and international call-ups were taught a harsh lesson by
a seasoned Wimbledon second string at Highfield Road.
City, who were without Laurent Delorge, Runar Normann, Mo Konjic, Gavin Strachan, Barry
Quinn and Raffaele Nuzzo, were hardly in the game as the Dons used their experience to
Fielding several first team squad members including Brian McAllister, Gareth Ainsworth,
Neil Ardley and Jon Goodman, Wimbledon had sealed the points long before the break.
The first goal came on 22 minutes after a neat exchange of passes between Goodman and
Ardley in the box left Goodman free eight yards out, and his neat chip gave City keeper
Chris Kirkland no chance.
Goodman had been the focus of attention earlier when, just eight minutes into the
match, he earned himself a yellow card when he fell theatrically in the box under a
challenge from Barry Ferguson.
The Sky Blues only hope of a response seemed to be first team midfielder Paul Telfer,
who had requested to play in order to keep match fit, but the Scotsman could do nothing to
turn the tide.
Wimbledon doubled their lead on the half-hour mark, when a pinpoint Ainsworth cross
from the right was finished with a delightful curling header by Goodman.
It was not until two minutes before the break that City managed to muster their first
shot on goal, which was a wayward 30-yard drive from John Eustace, and Coventrys
only shot on target took an hour a fierce Telfer free kick which was well stopped
by Kelvin Davis.
Wimbledon completed the damage with 20 minutes remaining when a quickly taken free-kick
found Ardley unmarked and his long-range drive beat Kirkland and killed off any hope of a
COVENTRY CITY RESERVES:
Kirkland, Mooney (Ford, 45mins), M Hall, Brightwell, Ferguson, Eustace, P Hall (Pead,
70mins), Telfer, S McPhee, McSheffrey, Shilton (G McPhee, 70mins)