OCT 01] COVENTRY CITY MATCH
REPORT - DIVISION ONE
Wimbledon (0) 0
Coventry City (0) 1
David Thompson fired his fourth
goal of the season to give Coventry all three points in a
lacklustre clash with Wimbledon at Selhurst Park this evening.
The nippy midfielder struck City’s
winner 14 minutes from time in a game which the visitors were on
the back foot for long periods.
But if the performance was not
enough to warm more than 1,000 travelling fans the result
certainly was as Coventry go level on points with Wolves and
Crystal Palace at the top of the Division One table.
The home side shaded a dismal
first half as the Sky Blues struggled to keep possession of the
Andy Goram – in goal again as
Magnus Hedman continues to suffer with a chest infection – was
forced to make a save after just two minutes, but he was more
than equal to Andy Roberts’ low drive.
Marc Edworthy was recalled to the
side at right-back as Marcus Hall was dropped to the bench and
Richard Shaw switched to left-back.
And Edworthy, who has been
unlucky to find himself out of the side in recent weeks, hit a
long ball for Jay Bothroyd to chase but Wimbledon shot-stopper
Kelvin Davis was off his line like a light to clear the danger
with his head.
Wimbledon were enjoying the lion’s
share of possession but were not turning that into clear-cut
chances. David Connolly had their best effort on 23 minutes when
he turned past Mo Konjic and shot just wide of the post.
The home side’s keeper Davis
was penalised for hanging on to the ball for more than six
seconds on 26 minutes which led to a Sky Blues’ indirect
free-kick just inside the Dons’ penalty area.
Bothroyd tapped the ball to David
Thompson who feigned to shoot, which tricked two defenders, but
when he finally got a strike in on goal it was blocked and
cleared by the Wimbledon back line.
The Sky Blues did have a shout
for a penalty just before half-time as Laurent Delorge, who
started in place of the injured Youssef Chippo, went down under
a challenge from Kenny Cunningham but referee Phil Joslin waved
Wimbledon began the second half
with the upper hand as Connolly and Joel McAnuff went close to
breaking the deadlock.
City were still finding it
difficult to make any headway despite the introduction of Jairo
Martinez for Bothroyd and Marcus Hall for Delorge.
But just as it looked as if the
Sky Blues were settling for a point they nosed themselves in
Thompson picked up a pass from
Lee Hughes and drove towards the Wimbledon area and struck a
bouncing shot from 25 yards which bounced awkwardly in front of
Davis who could only help the ball into the roof of the net.
Wimbledon continued to press up
to the death but City stood firm to secure the win.
Kelvin Davis, Kenny Cunningham, Andy Roberts, Darren Holloway (Patrick
Agyemang, 79), Neil Shipperley, David Connolly, Kevin Cooper,
Michael Hughes, Jermaine Darlington, Wayne Brown, Joel McAnuff
Subs not used: Paul Heald, Chris Willmott, Peter Hawkins, Par
Andy Goram; Marc Edworthy, Richard Shaw, Gary Breen, David
Thompson, Lee Carsley, Lee Hughes, Jay Bothroyd (Jairo Martinez,
46), Muhamed Konjic, Youssef Safri, Laurent Delorge (Marcus
Subs not used: Gary Montgomery, Barry Quinn, Ivan Guerrero
Coventry - Thompson (76)
Wimbledon - none
Coventry - Thompson (foul, 45), Safri (foul, 88)
COVENTRY LEAGUE POSITION: 3rd
with 27 points