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[05 MAY 01] COVENTRY CITY MATCH REPORT - PREMIERSHIP
Aston Villa (0) 3
Coventry City (2) 2

COVENTRY CITY ARE RELEGATED.

Despite two goals from captain Hadji, City let it slip in the final minutes to end their unbroken 34 year run in the top flight.

KEY EVENTS

18 min Hadji's header from Telfer's cross makes it 1-0.
19 min Kirkland saves Staunton's fierce ground shot.
25 min Hadji with a stunning volley from the edge of the box makes it 2-0.
45 min Vassell heads wide from a good position.
57 min Williams blocks Hendrie's goalbound shot.
61 min Vassell scores after Kirkland fumbles an innocuous cross.
77 min Kirkland saves well from Taylor.
80 min Angel is given too much room and levels the scores.
85 min Merson's shot takes a deflection and beats Kirkland.
87 min Hadji heads wide from a corner.

MATCH FACTS by Jim Brown

COVENTRY:
Chris Kirkland: Barry Quinn, Marcus Hall (Ysrael Zuniga 86), Lee Carsley, Gary Breen, Paul Williams, John Eustace, Paul Telfer (Marc Edworthy 38), John Hartson, Moustapha Hadji, Craig Bellamy
Subs not used:
Magnus Hedman, Gavin Strachan, Jay Bothroyd

ASTON VILLA:
David James: Mark Delaney, Alan Wright, George Boateng (Lee Hendrie 46), Gareth Southgate, Gareth Barry, Ian Taylor, Paul Merson, Dion Dublin, Darius Vassell (Juan Pablo Angel 64), Steve Staunton (David Ginola 40)
Subs not used:
Peter Enckelman, Steve Stone

GOALS:
Coventry: Hadji (18 & 25)
Aston Villa: Vassell (61), Angel (81), Merson (85)

REFEREE: M Riley (Leeds)

BOOKINGS:  [CHECK CITY BOOKINGS FOR THE SEASON TO DATE]
Coventry - Eustace (32, foul on Boateng), Hall (43, dissent), Hartson (65, not retreating), Carsley (65, foul on Ginola), Bellamy (87, foul on Taylor)
Liverpool - Angel (88, foul on Williams)

ATTENDANCE: 39,761

LEAGUE POSITIONS AFTER THIS MATCH:
Coventry - 19th (relegated)
Aston Villa - 8th

INTERESTING FACTS:
- City relegated and would have been irrespective of the score at Villa Park.
- Telfer carried off injured one game short of becoming the club's record appearance holder in the Premier League.
- Angel's first Villa goal.

    

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