OCT 01] COVENTRY CITY MATCH
REPORT - DIVISION ONE
Coventry City (1) 2
Preston North End (1) 2
David Thompson hit two wonder
goals against Preston at Highfield Road this evening but they
were not enough to give the Sky Blues victory.
The draw stretches Coventry’s
unbeaten run in the league under Roland Nilsson to 11 games but
they could count themselves fortunate to take anything from the
match which David Moyes’ side dominated.
The Sky Blues could not have
asked for a better start as Thompson continued his recent run of
form in front of goal to give them the lead on five minutes.
The former Liverpool winger cut
in from the left and drilled a brilliant shot from the edge of
the area that flew past Teuvo Moilanen in the Preston goal and
into the corner of the net.
City had started in confident
mood and Thompson could and probably should have made it two on
12 minutes when he received a pass from Jay Bothroyd but this
time he drove straight into the arms of Preston’s Finnish
North End began to come into the
game and Andy Goram was forced to make a fine save when Mark
Rankine tried his luck from the edge of the area with a sweet
left foot drive.
The ex-Wolves man then dummied a
Jon Macken cross which gave David Healy a clear shot on goal,
but the former Manchester United striker fluffed his effort
The visitors were by far the
better side and limited the Sky Blues to long range shots from
Moroccan midfielder Youssef Safri.
Preston finally forced their
equaliser right on half-time when Chris Lucketti rose to head
home Graham Alexander’s corner.
City began the first half in
positive fashion and Thompson was looking to add to his goals
He hit a fine volley from the
edge of the area which was saved at the second attempt by
At the other end, Macken latched
on to a mistake by the usually reliable Gary Breen and chipped
Goram but Breen managed to get beyond his goalkeeper to clear
off the line.
Laurent Delorge was then forced
to kick clear as Alexander’s effort looked destined for the
corner of the net.
But just as City looked like
crumbling under the pressure they took the lead.
Thompson received a pass from
substitute Tomas Antonelius and, after skipping past a Preston
defender, drove a belting shot into the top corner of the net.
But the Sky Blues, who boast the
meanest defence in the division, allowed Preston to equalise
Skipper Sean Gregan swung in a
cross from the right hand side and substitute Richard Cresswell
headed home to earn his side a share of the spoils.
Andy Goram; Richard Shaw, Muhamed Konjic, Gary Breen, Marc
Edworthy, David Thompson, Lee Carsley, Youssef Safri
Laurent Delorge (Tomas Antonelius, 73) Lee Hughes, Jay Bothroyd
(Jairo Martinez, 52)
Subs not used: Gary Montgomery, Runar Normann, Gavin Strachan
PRESTON NORTH END:
Teuvo Moilanen, Graham
Alexander, Chris Lucketti, Ryan Kidd, Colin Murdock, Sean
Gregan, Lee Cartwright, Mark Rankine, Paul McKenna, Jonathan
Macken, David Healy (Richard
Subs not used: David Lucas,
Adam Eaton, Iain Anderson, Kevin Gallacher
Coventry - Thompson (5, 76)
Preston - Lucketti (41),
Coventry - Carsley (44, foul), Saw (56, foul), Safri (88, foul)
Preston - Kidd (15, foul)
COVENTRY LEAGUE POSITION: 2nd
with 31 points