AUG 01] COVENTRY CITY MATCH
REPORT - DIVISION ONE
Coventry City (0) 0
Wolverhampton Wanderers (1) 1
Coventry City fell victims of
their own expectations at Highfield Road this evening as they
were beaten by local rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The Sky Blues have been tipped to
ease in to one of the promotion places since their opening day
victory at Stockport last week, but their dreams came crashing
to reality as Dave Jones’ men taught them a lesson in First
City were almost given a dream
start by new boy Keith O’Neill, but his header from David
Thompson’s inch perfect cross was cleared off the line by
But Coventry surrendered the lead
in the sixth minute, when Richard Shaw mauled Adam Proudlock to
the ground 30 yards from goal. Shaw was duly booked by referee
Uriah Rennie, but the punishment was much worse for the Sky
Blues as Carl Robinson was left unmarked from the resulting free
kick and volleyed home past Magnus Hedman in the City goal.
Hedman – who was in the side
because of a knee injury to Chris Kirkland – denied Wolves a
second just a minute later when Shaw was once again exposed by
The nippy striker outpaced the
City centre half but fired his shot too close to the giant Swede
who saved well with his legs.
The Sky Blues worked their way
into the game midway through the first half but for all their
endeavour they lacked the cutting edge in the final third of the
Thompson looked the most likely
to breach the Wolves back line but strayed from the right hand
side too often and left the Sky Blues looking unbalanced in
It was the former Liverpool man
who set up Youssef Chippo, but the Moroccan midfielder’s shot
Moments later referee Rennie
showed the inconsistency that saw him booted off the Premiership
list when he let Shaun Newton off with a warning after he had
brought down O’Neill on the edge of the box.
Hughes was inches away from
equalising just before the break. Thompson struck a low shot
from the edge of the box, but the £5,000,001 man couldn’t
stretch far enough to direct the ball home.
Rennie continued to rile both
sets of supporters as he booked former City player Cedric
Roussel for a tame challenge on O’Neill early in the second
The Sky Blues went searching for
an equaliser and City boss Gordon Strachan sent on striker
Ysrael Zuniga and son Gavin to try and unlock the Wolves defence.
Hughes got his first sight of
goal with five minutes to go, but he misdirected his shot wide
of the post.
Centre back Paul Williams had the
best opportunity to win a point for Coventry in the dying
The stocky defender got to
Thompson’s corner ahead of everyone else but his header was
deflected on to the bar and out for another flag-kick.
Wolves almost made it two in
injury time, but Timori Ketsbaia’s effort rattled Hedman’s
crossbar and flew to safety.
COVENTRY CITY (4-4-2):
Hedman; Nilsson, Shaw, Williams, Hall; Thompson, Chippo (Gavin
Strachan 69), Carsley, O’Neill; Hughes, Bothroyd (Zuniga 69)
Subs not used: Montgomery, Quinn, Edworthy
Oakes; Muscat, Butler,
Lescott, Naylor; Newton, Dinning, Robinson, Kennedy; Roussel (Ketsbaia
Subs not used: Branch,
Beresford, Pollet, Connelly
Wolves - Robinson (6)
REFEREE: Uriah Rennie (Sheffield)
Coventry - Shaw (foul, 5 mins), O’Neill (foul, 28) Carsley
Wolves - Roussel (foul, 57)
COVENTRY MAN OF THE MATCH:
Roland Nilsson – impeccable as ever