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Coventry City’s miserable run of form continued last night when they crashed out of the Worthington Cup at Ipswich Town.

Defensive errors cost the Sky Blues dear as a mistake by Youssef Chippo, a shadow of the player he was last season, let central defender Titus Bramble in to score after five minutes.

Rather than hoof the ball downfield when he collected it inside the penalty area, the Moroccan tried to dribble away to safety, and gifted the ball to town.

He then improved, and won a penalty during one of his attack runs, but was later substituted for Moustapha Hadji, who had been relegated to the bench.

Craig Bellamy, lacking in confidence and goals since his £6 million move from Norwich in the summer, scored from the spot after 54 minutes.

Bellamy and John Eustace both came close with chances, but George Burley’s team seemed one step ahead of the game, and had adjusted their tactics to rattle Coventry’s woeful defence.

David Johnson evaded Paul Williams’ lunging tackle to slot home past Chris Kirkland on 65 minutes, and nearly added a third with a header.

Hadji produced brief moments of trickery, but missed a free header towards the end of the game that would have taken the tie into extra time.
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CWN / Sport / Football / Coventry City FC / 29 Nov 00
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