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So, does anyone know the way to Rotherham? Sky Blues fans had better think about rubbing shoulders with Nationwide sides after another defeat.

Managerless Spurs came out roaring and brushed the Sky Blues aside just 24 hours after George Graham was kicked out of White Hart Lane.

Depending on who you believe, Coventryís new stadium could be hanging by a thread after this 3-0 defeat.

This season might not be over, but a glance a the fixture list for April suggests that Gordon Strachanís men will have to pull several rabbits out of the hat to escape the drop this time.

Anyone with a keen eye for a bet might be well-placed to go and get odds on Roland Nilsson taking the helm if Coventry City finally leave the top flight.

Norwegian Steffen Iversen was the latest nemesis of the Sky Blue Army. He scored after 28 minutes with a header from a corner and repeated the move five minutes later.

Chris Kirkland, in the England under-21 squad and making a name for himself, stopped this second header but spilled the ball, and Les Ferdinand put it over the line to give Spurs a two-goal lead.

With Rebrov adding a third in the second-half, Coventry were undone. They could find no way back and began to lose their rag.

Hartson, an early season target for the hosts, was involved in several chances, but the Sky Blues curse in front of goal continued.

There are quality players in the Coventry outfit, but a collective jitter has made them nervous in front of goal

Gordon Strachan admitted the drop is looking ominously close as Manchester City and Middlesborough both picked up points.

He said:

"It is looking a big job for us now. This performance encapsulated our season.

"We played some good football but failed to take chances and couldn't defend set-pieces.

"I've told the players their destiny is still in their own hands. They'll all be players until at least their mid-thirties but where they play and what level is entirely down to them."


1 min Hadji heads wide after a far post header by Hartson.
2 min Hartson just fails to connect with Bellamy's left wing cross.
14 min Sullivan pushes Bellamy's shot around the post.
23 min Kirkland saves well from Clemence's 25-yard shot.
26 min Thompson heads narrowly wide from Hall's near post cross.
28 min Iversen heads home from a right wing corner.
33 min Ferdinand scores with a close range header after Iversen's header from a controversial free kick.
46 min Graham Poll replaced as referee after being injured.
58 min Rebrov sneaks in behind the City defence and scores from a narrow angle.
61 min Freund is clear through but pushes his shot inches wide of the far post.

MATCH FACTS by Jim Brown

Chris Kirkland: Barry Quinn, Marcus Hall, Lee Carsley, Gary Breen, Richard Shaw, David Thompson (Paul Telfer 63), John Eustace (Youssef Chippo 63 (Marc Edworthy 77)), John Hartson, Moustapha Hadji, Craig Bellamy
Subs not used:
Magnus Hedman, John Aloisi

Neil Sullivan: Chris Perry, Sol Campbell, Gary Doherty, Stefan Iversen, Stefan Freund, Stephen Clemence, Ledley King, Luke Young, Les Ferdinand, Sergei Rebrov
Subs not used:
Ian Walker, Anthony Gardner, Willem Korsten , Simon Davies, Matthew Etherington

Tottenham -
Iversen (28), Ferdinand (33), Rebrov (58)

REFEREE: G Poll (Tring) - replaced at half time by P Taylor

Coventry - Carsley (20 for foul on Rebrov), Breen (80 foul on Rebrov)
Tottenham - none


Coventry - 19th
Tottenham - 11th

City seven points adrift of safety. Chippo is only the third City substitute to be subsequently taken off.


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CWN / Sport / Football / Coventry City FC / 17 Mar 01
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