OCT 01] COVENTRY CITY MATCH
REPORT - DIVISION ONE
Crewe Alexander (0) 0
Coventry City (1) 1
Lee Hughes fired Coventry to
victory against Crewe at Highfield Road this evening to push
Roland Nilssonís men up to fourth in the Division One table.
The £5,000,001 man lashed home a
29th minute penalty after Youssef Safri was brought down in the
box by Efe Sodje to secure all three points for the Sky Blues.
City started very brightly and
could have taken the lead inside the first minute when Jay
Bothroyd cut in from the right hand side but fired over the top.
Moments later Hughes lost his
marker to receive a pass from Youssef Chippo but the former
Baggies striker shot straight at Crewe keeper Ademola Bankole.
Andy Goram was a late inclusion
in the Coventry starting line-up as Magnus Hedman reported to
Highfield Road complaining of a chest infection. But the Scot
was given nothing to do during the opening exchanges and watched
the visitorsí first effort sail over the bar after Dean
Ashtonís shot on the turn.
Rob Hulse finally forced Goram
into action on 25 minutes when he broke into the Coventry box,
but the former Scotland international saved well down to his
right from the Crewe strikerís drilled effort.
The Sky Blues took the lead just
before the half-hour mark when Bankole fluffed a clearance into
the path of Safri. The Moroccan midfielder, who was once again
in fine form for City, drove into the box and was brought down
Hughes stepped up to take the
spot-kick and drilled the ball past Bankole to end his own goals
famine and give Coventry a deserved lead.
Coventry had more than enough
chances to seal the win as Bothroyd and Chippo went close before
half-time and Hughes was twice denied by Bankole early in the
Mo Konjic then rose to meet David
Thompsonís corner but his header crashed against the bar and
But those missed chances meant
what should have been a cruise to victory ended up as a nervy
climax as Crewe pushed forward in search of an equaliser.
Kenny Lunt forced Goram into good
stop after cutting in from the right and moments later Rodney
Jack tried an audacious back heel on the volley but his effort
cleared the bar.
Right at the death, Crewe
full-back Steve Foster climbed at the far post and headed down
towards the City goal, but Goram did well to get across his line
and scramble the ball clear.
The Sky Blues hung on to claim
all three points and maintain Nilssonís unbeaten league record
in the Coventry hot seat.
Andy Goram; Richard Shaw, Muhamed Konjic, Gary Breen, Marcus
Hall, David Thompson, Lee Carsley, Youssef Safri, Youssef Chippo,
Lee Hughes, Jay Bothroyd (Laurent Delorge, 65)
Subs not used: Gary Montgomery, Barry Quinn, Marc Edworthy,
Ademola Bankole, Steve Foster, Smith, Efe Sodje, Walton, Kenny
Lunt, Brammer, Neil Sorvel, Dean Ashton, Rodney Jack, Rob Hulse
Subs not used: Wright, Tait, Ince, Thomas, Rix
Coventry - Hughes (29, pen)
Coventry - Shaw (20), Safri (64)
Crewe - none
COVENTRY LEAGUE POSITION: 4th
with 24 points