OCT 01] COVENTRY CITY MATCH
REPORT - DIVISION ONE
Coventry City (1) 2
Sheffield Wednesday (0) 0
Coventry stormed to the top of
the league with a comfortable win over Sheffield Wednesday at
The victory and ascent to first
place marks a dramatic turnaround under Roland Nilsson who took
over from Gordon Strachan with the Sky Blues in 19th place in
But ten matches unbeaten and five
games without conceding a goal have transformed Coventry and the
confidence that run has given the players was clear for all to
City by no means romped past
Sheffield Wednesday, whose form has picked up under Terry
Yorath, but a stunning free-kick from Youssef Safri on 38
minutes and a Lee Hughes spot-kick just after the hour mark were
enough to secure the three points.
The Owls were the better side in
the opening half-hour but for all their possession they created
just one shooting effort when Simon Donnelly burst on to Gerald
Sibonís pass but Andy Goram saved the former Celtic starís
shot with his legs.
Hughes was working tirelessly for
Coventry and saw two efforts go just the wrong side of the post
before Safriís belter gave the Sky Blues the lead.
The £750,000 purchase from Raja
Casablanca stepped up to take a free-kick from 30 yards out
after David Thompson was upended by Steve Haslam and the
Moroccan curled his effort up and over the wall and into the net
off the post.
Coventry finished the half with a
flourish and could have made it two when Hughes cleverly chipped
the ball over Danny Maddix but again fired wide.
City maintained the high tempo at
the beginning of the second period and Laurent Delorge had a
golden chance to make it two, but fired into the legs of Kevin
Pressman after good work from Jay Bothroyd.
But Hughes sealed the win on 63
minutes when he lashed home a penalty after Delorge had been
brought down by Derek Geary.
The former West Brom forward
fully deserved his goal and made no mistake with the spot kick
for the second match running at Highfield Road.
The game opened out in the last
20 minutes and Wednesday had a couple of opportunities to pull
one back but Goram saved brilliantly from sub Phil OíDonnell
from point blank range.
Once again, Gary Breen and Mo
Konjic were unbeatable in defence to help secure the win and
Andy Goram; Richard Shaw, Muhamed Konjic, Gary Breen, Marc
Edworthy, David Thompson, Lee Carsley, Youssef Safri (Barry
Quinn, 86), Laurent Delorge (Runar Normann, 65), Lee Hughes, Jay
Bothroyd (Jairo Martinez, 73)
Subs not used: Gary Montgomery, Ysrael Zuniga
Kevin Pressman; Ian Hendon,
Ashley Westwood, Danny Maddix, Derek Geary, Simon Donnelly, Trond
Egil Soltvedt, Steven Haslam, Owen Morrison (Michele
Di Piedi, 61), Gerald Sibon,
Facundo Bonvin (Phil
Subs not used: Chris Stringer, Paul McLaren, Leigh Bromby
Coventry - Safri (38), Hughes (63, pen)
Coventry - Bothroyd (71, unsporting behaviour), Hughes (82,
Sheffield Wed - none
ATTENDANCE: 17, 381
COVENTRY LEAGUE POSITION: 1st
with 30 points