SEP 01] COVENTRY CITY MATCH
REPORT - DIVISION ONE
Coventry City (2) 4
Manchester City (1) 3
A late, late goal by David
Thompson settled an incredible seven goal thriller in which the
Sky Blues three times took the lead only to be pegged back each
time by Kevin Keegan’s vibrant outfit.
The play swung breathtakingly
from end to end with chances falling thick and fast to both
teams. It all left the defenders and the fans gasping for air
and at the final whistle the scenes were a stark contrast to the
previous home game against Grimsby.
After that match, the manager
Gordon Strachan and his coaches Garry Pendrey and Jim Blyth,
needed burly escorts as irate fans, hurling abuse, tried to get
at them. Within 24 hours all three had left the club.
This match was important for a
number of reasons. Coventry certainly needed the points after
failing to register a win in their last three at home and it was
important for the new manager Roland Nilsson to kick off his
reign with a first victory in front of the home fans.
The final whistle was greeted by
a roar of relief and the players and new management walked off
to a standing ovation. It was heady stuff.
Stuart Pearce, the former
Coventry player scored the first goal in the 16th minute,
trouble was, it was in his own net. He had no chance to avoid
Lee Carsley’s shot which ended a magnificent passing move, and
the ball ricocheted into the net off his body.
Manchester City drew level on the
half hour when Gary Breen failed to win a header against Paulo
Wanchope and the ball broke to Ali Benarbia who ran on to beat
Magnus Hedman with a low shot.
Play flowed thrillingly in all
areas of the pitch but the vital third goal was Coventry’s in
the third minute of first half stoppage time. Breen lobbed a
free kick towards the edge of the penalty area and
Manchester’s goalkeeper Nicky Weaver was hopelessly stranded
as Mo Konjic headed in his first goal for the club.
The ground was buzzing at the
restart and it was clear that more goals would follow. They
began in the 57th minute when Youssef Safri foolishly got
himself booked at a free kick.
The referee took the kick forward
ten metres and the ball was quickly knocked to Kevin Horlock who
rammed it into the net.
It was not a time for those of
nervous disposition and the fans leapt to their feet in the 65th
minute when Lee Hughes collected Richard Shaw’s pass and
crashed in a shot which deflected into the net for his first
No one was leaving the ground now
and there was an air of dread when, with the clock showing 72
minutes, Danny Granville fired across a centre of such threat
that Marcus Hall had to stretch for it and succeeded only in
putting it through his own goal.
There was no holding back by
either side at this late stage and incredibly Coventry twice saw
the ball kicked off the line as Manchester defended heroically.
Lee Carsley then missed a close range sitter, before the little
man Thompson scooted after Hughes’ flick header to lash a low
It was a fitting finale to a
wonderful match that brought Coventry their third victory in
COVENTRY CITY (4-4-2):
Hedman; Shaw, Breen, Konjic, Hall; Thompson, Carsley, Safri,
Chippo (O’Neill 71); Hughes, Bothroyd (Delorge 84)
Subs not used: Quinn, Martinez, Goram
MANCHESTER CITY (3-5-2):
Weaver; Edghill, Wiekens, Pearce; Tiatto (Horlock 45), Howey,
Etuhu (Colosimo 45), Benarbia, Granville; Wanchope, Goater
Subs not used: Huckerby, Toure, Murphy
Coventry - Pearce og 16, Konjic 44, Hughes 65, Thompson 89
Man City - Benarbia 30, Horlock 57, Hall og 72
REFEREE: Roger Furnandiz (Doncaster)
Coventry - Thompson (dissent), Safri (dissent), Konjic (foul)
Man City - Etuhu (foul), Wanchope (foul)