AUG 00] COVENTRY CITY MATCH
REPORT - PREMIERSHIP
Southampton (0) 1
Coventry City (1) 2
After 509 days the Sky Blues
finally win a league match away from home - with a little help
from a doubtful penalty decision and a new coach driver.
||Jones saves well from Bellamy
||Bellamy is brought down by El Khalej and scores
from the spot
||Rosler shoots wide from a good position
||Tessem is allowed to run through and finishes
||Roussel heads home from Telfer’s right wing
||Hedman saves well from Rosler
FAN'S REPORT by Chris Sampson
A surprise three points and first away win for 18 months,
and on the night City's gritty performance just about edged
The expected changes were made in defence with Shaw and
Edworthy replacing Hendry and Breen. In midfield Telfer was in
for Thompson (presumably injured). Bellamy continued upfront
After a cagey first five minutes, City began to get a grip
on the game, with the defence looking more solid, Edworthy
especially a vast improvement on Breen at right back.
Bellamy's pace was causing problems up front and this led
to City's first chance. A corner was only half cleared and
with the Saints defence charging out Eustace put Bellamy
through and a fierce shot was beaten away by the keeper.
City were looking to break quickly and Bellamy had a couple
of useful runs down the flanks. We were well on top in the
first 15 minutes, and Southampton didn't really put together
any decent chances other than one instance when Chippo won the
ball in the left back position and sprayed a very loose pass
across the edge of the box, but we managed to get men back and
cleared the situation.
After 20 minutes City went one up. Bellamy isolated a
defender on the right edge of the box and jinked past him. The
defender put in a late challenge, missed the ball and brought
down Bellamy. Penalty.
Bellamy got up to take it himself and banged it straight down
the middle as the keeper went to his right.
BBC commentators Rob Gurney and Adam Dent thought the penalty to
be very generous!]
At this stage we were not completely on fire, but it was a
vast improvement on Saturday. The defence was sufficiently solid
for Hoddle to pull off Kevin Davies, bringing on Pahars.
Carlton Palmer was lucky to stay on the field after 30
minutes when an appalling late challenge only produced a yellow
card, when a red looked inevitable. A very lucky escape.
Southampton came close to an equaliser when Hedman came out
for a cross, missed it and Kachloul's overhead kick flew just
Half time, 1-0, and with City clearly the better side hope
was beginning to dawn that a win might be on the cards.
The Saints came out much improved in the second half and
finally began to exert some pressure. There were shouts for a
Southampton penalty for a Williams shoulder charge, but this was
rightly waved away.
An equaliser came on 52 minutes. A Southampton player broke
from right midfield, cut inside a Williams challenge and
finished it off with a good shot into the top corner which gave
Hedman no chance.
With 38 minutes left there were doubts about our ability to
hold out. Instead we began to push forward.
Roussel was an increasing influence on the game, and Telfer
and Edworthy were completely dominant down the right.
We began to create chances: Bellamy had a fierce shot blocked
and Telfer's follow-up was also blocked.
City's second came after 65 minutes. A corner on the right,
Telfer floated it over to the far post and Roussell outjumped
the defender to nod the ball home.
The clock ticked down ... *slowly*, and City dug in at the
back. The Saints' chances were restricted to set pieces.
One free kick almost caught Hedman out but he held on safely
enough. A Pahars free kick flew past the far post with Hedman
On a City break, Bellamy was fouled right on the edge of the
box. Marcus Hall's free kick was charged down for a corner.
Very late on Pahars got the better of the defence, but Hedman
was on hand for an excellent save. Four minutes of injury time
went past with no close shaves, much hoarse signing of the Sky
Blue song and eventually the ref blew for full time.
We were the better team, and deserved the win for playing
well as a team. There were few individuals that stood out, but
when Thompson and Hadji come back we'll have more flair.
Southampton were pretty awful and look like relegation
material. So there's still some way to go, but this was a vast
improvement on last Saturday.
by Jim Brown
Jones, Dodd, Bridge, Marsden (Tessem, 46),
Lundekvam, El Khalej, Draper, Oakley, Rosler, Davies (Pahars,
24), Kachloul (Beattie, 83)
Subs: Moss, Monk
Hedman, Edworthy, Hall, Palmer, Williams, Shaw,
Telfer, Eustace, Roussel, Bellamy (Zuniga, 85), Chippo
Subs: Kirkland, Hendry, Quinn, Normann
Southampton - Tessem (52)
Coventry - Bellamy (20, pen), Roussel (62)
REFEREE: P Taylor (Cheshunt)
Southampton - Davies (11), El Khalej (20), Lundekvam (37),
Kachloul (68), Rosler (71)
Coventry - Bellamy (23), Palmer (30), Williams (73)
City’s first away win in the league since April
1999 - after 22 games without a win.