SEP 01] COVENTRY CITY MATCH
REPORT - DIVISION ONE
Coventry City (1) 2
Portsmouth (0) 0
The Sky Blues secured their
fourth win out four under Roland Nilsson as they overcame
Portsmouth 2-0 at Highfield Road.
The softly spoken Swede was
thrust into the managerís chair a fortnight ago and has turned
a team, who were looking incapable of getting to grips with
Division One, into Premiership hopefuls once again.
striker Jay Bothroyd and tireless midfielder Lee Carsley were on
target as City won their third league game on the bounce to take
them within a couple of points of Pompey at the right end of the
Portsmouth had the better of the
opening exchanges with Croatian star Robert Prosinecki pulling
the strings in midfield, but it was the Sky Blues who created
the first chance when Carsley whipped in a cross and the ball
appeared to strike Alessandro Zamperiniís arm. Referee, Howard
Webb, however waved away the City claims for a penalty.
Moments later the Sky Blues took
the lead when 19-year-old Bothroyd raced on to a back pass from
Scott Hiley to coolly chip over the advancing Sasa Ilic for his
second goal of the season.
City had their tails up and David
Thomson went close on three occasions with his final effort well
saved by Ilic.
The Sky Blues were under the cosh
in the second half and Portsmouth were almost gifted an
equaliser by defender Mo Konjic. The Bosnian misplaced his
header straight to Lee Bradbury, but the former Manchester City
striker stood on the ball and the chance was lost.
Magnus Hedman was then forced
into a good save when Peter Crouch drove a shot from the edge of
But with 18 minutes to go Carsley
made the game safe with his fourth goal of the season. The
former Derby midfielder was on hand to fire home after Konjicís
powerful header was well saved by Ilic in the Pompey goal.
Cityís fourth victory under
Nilsson was marred by crowd trouble at half-time which saw the
second half kick off ten minutes late.
The club will launch a full
investigation, but the ugly scenes were largely down to Pompey
supporters crossing over into the West Terrace to get to
COVENTRY CITY (4-4-2):
Hedman; Shaw, Konjic, Breen, Edworthy; Thompson (Delorge 83),
Safri (OíNeill 71), Carsley, Chippo; Bothroyd (Martinez 60),
Subs not used: Goram, Quinn
Ilic; Crowe, Hiley, Zamperini,
Vincent; Harper, Prosinecki, Quashie (Brady 88), O'Neil (Pitt
68); Bradbury (Vine 88), Crouch
Subs not used: Tardif , Buxton
GOALS: Bothroyd (17), Carsley
REFEREE: Howard Webb (Rotherham)
Coventry - Hughes 90 (foul play)
Portsmouth - Bradbury 10 (foul)
COVENTRY MAN OF THE MATCH:
Lee Carsley - crowned another hard working display with a goal
COVENTRY LEAGUE POSITION: 9th
with 13 points