OCT 01] COVENTRY CITY MATCH
REPORT - DIVISION ONE
Rotherham United (0) 0
Coventry City (0) 0
City missed the chance to go
third in the league - but must thank Hedman for at least earning
them a point with a number of fine saves.
Coventry fell away
disappointingly in the second half of a lively game at Millmoor.
After dominating the first period
and playing some impressively constructed football City were
left having to defend as the home side went all out for a
As in recent encounters, Coventry
soon discovered that the lower opposition were not going to let
them dictate the play.
Lee Hughes, partnering the
recalled Jay Bothroyd, posed a danger through the inside right
channel in the fourth minute but failed to win a corner when his
shot bounced back off his shins.
The finest moment of the early
exchanges came in the seventh minute when Mo Konjic brought a
clearance under control 10 yards outside the Rotherham area,
dummied a defender and then played the ball through to Hughes
whose finish was again poor.
The former Albion man was
involved again in the 10th minute when he worked some space down
the left flank and forced a corner off Chris Swailes.
Rotherham posed a threat in the
14th minute when Andy Monkhouse cut in off the left flank and
fed Alan Lee whose cross was held at the second attempt by
The diminutive Paul Hurst then
tested the City keeper again with a curling free kick over a
four man wall but Hedman flung himself to his left and just
managed to tip the ball round the post.
Mike Pollitt in the Rotherham
goal was not so sure. Youssef Safri tested him seven minutes
from the interval with a low shot which slipped from his grasp
and crept over the line – but just wide of the post.
Rotherham started the second half
strongly and Lee, a constant thorn in the Coventry side, headed
just wide from a Nick Daws cross in the 49th minute.
Richard Shaw was then lucky the
referee missed his push on Lee as they waited for a throw to
come in. Both players were given a talking to but Shaw could
well have walked.
Roland Nilsson then took off
Chippo for speed merchant Laurent Delorge, moving David Thompson
out to the left.
There were a few anxious moments
in the 69th minute when Chris Sedgwick went down under a
challenge from Safri just inside the area but all he won was a
booking for diving.
The home side were dominating
possession and territory and only a thwarted run into the box
from Lee Hughes broke the pattern.
But the game soon reverted to
type and City were left not exactly hanging on but certainly the
more grateful to hear the whistle.
Michael Pollitt, Paul Hurst, Rob Scott, Martin McIntosh,
Chris Swailes, Stewart Talbot (John
Mullin, 80), Christopher
Sedgwick, Nick Daws, Andy Monkhouse, Mark Robins, Alan Lee
Subs not used: Ian Gray,
Kevin Watson, Richie Barker, Chris Beech
Magnus Hedman; Richard Shaw, Muhamed Konjic, Gary Breen, Marcus
Hall, David Thompson, Lee Carsley, Youssef Safri, Youssef Chippo
(Laurent Delorge, 66), Lee Hughes, Jay Bothroyd
Subs not used: Andy Goram, Barry Quinn, Marc Edworthy, Jairo
Rotherham - none
Coventry - none
REFEREE: M Dean (The Wirral)
Rotherham - McIntosh (62, foul), Sedgwick (69, unsporting
behaviour), Talbot (76, foul)
Coventry - Breen (30, dissent)
COVENTRY LEAGUE POSITION: 6th
with 21 points