SEP 01] COVENTRY CITY MATCH
REPORT - DIVISION ONE
Sheffield United (0) 0
Coventry City (0) 1
Roland Nilsson took another giant
stride towards claiming the Sky Blues manager's job, thanks to
Laurent Delorge's first goal for the club.
was Coventry's second victory in four days since Nilsson was
made caretaker manager following Gordon Strachan's departure on
Victories over Manchester City
and Portsmouth at Highfield Road next week will surely be enough
to persuade chairman Bryan Richardson to give him the job
permanently to launch the club into another era.
This match was a messy affair
which did not ignite until midway through the second half and to
a large extent that was down to Jay Bothroyd's arrival on the
He began threading passes into
the Sheffield penalty area and great holes began to appear for
Julian Joachim and Lee Hughes to run into.
Ironically it was a heavy tackle
which forced Joachim off the field, which brought the goal.
United's goalkeeper Simon Tracey
clattered into the Coventry striker as he chased Bothroyd's
pass. Nilsson said
afterwards: "It was a
penalty and the referee was the only man in the ground who did
not see it."
Joachim had to be carried off by
stretcher and as he disappeared through the tunnel to the
changing rooms in the 72nd minute the goal went in.
Again it was Bothroyd who
supplied the pass. Lee Carsley fought off the shirt-tugging
challenge of a defender and then slipped the ball around the
goalkeeper for Joachim's replacement, Delorge, to shoot into the
It signalled a frenetic last
twenty minutes as United threw men forward and Sky Blues
defended as if their lives depended on it.
Magnus Hedman made a brilliant
save from Michael Brown and United had a couple of near misses,
but the best chance fell to Sky Blues in the second minute of
Lee Hughes was clean through, but
instead of rolling a simple pass to Jay Bothroyd, who was better
placed, he chose to shoot and the ball skipped wide.
Tracey; Page, Nicholson, Murphy, Curle; Devlin, Ford, Brown (Suffo
84), Ndlovu (Santos 74); Asaba, D'Jaffo (Peschisolido 72)
Subs not used: Sandford, Uhlenbeek
Hedman; Nilsson (Shaw 30), Breen, Konjic, Hall; Thompson,
Carsley, Safri, Guerrero (Bothroyd 60); Joachim (Delorge 72),
Subs not used: Quinn, Goram
Coventry - DeLorge (72)
REFEREE: Mike Pike (Barrow in
Sheffield Utd – Brown (foul, 78)
Coventry – Breen (throwing ball away, 33), Konjic (foul, 61)