SEP 01] COVENTRY CITY MATCH
REPORT - WORTHINGTON CUP - 2ND ROUND
Peterborough United (0) 2
Coventry City (0) 2
AFTER EXTRA TIME - COVENTRY WIN 4-2 ON PENALTIES
BY ADAM DENT
Five years ago Gordon Strachan
lost his first game as Sky Blues manager in the Worthington Cup.
Roland Nilsson avoided the same
fate by the narrowest of margins and at last stopped the rot
which had set in at the club this season.
Coventry should overcome a
Division Two mid-table side like Peterborough but these are not
ordinary times and any victory will be gratefully grasped
Nilsson made four changes from
the side which had lost so disappointingly on Saturday, although
three of them were enforced through injury.
Julian Joachim partnered Lee
Hughes for the first time this season and Youseff Safri was
given a debut in midfield and performed well.
The Sky Blues had the better of a
well meaning, but poor quality first half. David Thompson went
close early on while Lee Hughes saw three good chances go
The clearest opportunity came at
the stroke of half time when he ran on to a pass from Thompson
and found himself in masses of space. He probably didn’t
realise quite how much time he had and tried to lob Mark Tyler
but sent his effort over the bar.
In the final seconds of the first
period he also bulleted a header just wide after a fine Thomspon
They finally got it just right 10
minutes into the second half when Thompson finished with the
side of his foot after Lee Hughes had headed a Marcus Hall cross
back across goal.
Peterborough, however, showed
their pluckiness throughout and within a minute they were level
when Richard Forsyth’s persistence paid off and he was able to
shoot in past Magnus Hedman.
The other clear cut chance also
came Coventry’s way when Gary Breen struck woodwork from a Lee
Carsley corner just after the hour. Extra time looked a
certainty until, with just four minutes left, Magnus Hedman
tried to punch a Tom Williams corner out from his six yard area
and directed it into the back of Marcus Hall. He was helpless as
the ball bounced back and across the line.
of Saturday’s defeat came flooding back but, to their credit,
Coventry went right back on to the attack and in the dying
seconds Carsley was able to ram the ball home after a lay-off
from sub Jay Bothroyd.
Extra time belonged to City, and
penalties would not have been needed but for the skill of keeper
Tyler who denied Thompson and Joachim.
Thompson, Hughes and Bothroyd hit
the first three penalties as the home side managed just one.
Then, for some reason, Hedman took a spot kick and totally
fluffed it. That gave Boro hope but Carsley extinguished it in
It is a win and that is the only
thing Nilsson needed from his first game.
Tyler; Joseph, Edwards, Rea, MacDonald (Williams 13); Danielson
(Green 76), Bullard, Forsyth, Farrell; Fenn (Clarke 66),
Subs not used: Connor, Cullen
COVENTRY CITY (4-4-2):
Hedman; Nilsson (Shaw 90), Breen, Konjic, Hall; Thompson,
Carsley, Safri, Quinn (Bothroyd 71), Joachim, Hughes
Subs not used: Delorge, Goram, Strachan
GOALS: Thompson (55), Forsyth
(56), Hall (86, og), Carsley (90)
Peterborough - Joseph (foul 20), Rae (foul 104)
Coventry - Thompson (foul 9), Safri (foul 12), Joachim (foul
117), Carsley (foul 119)
COVENTRY MAN OF THE MATCH:
Lee Carsley - vital intervention