NOV 01] COVENTRY CITY MATCH
REPORT - DIVISION ONE
Coventry City (0) 0
Burnley (2) 2
Roland Nilssonís honeymoon
period as Coventry boss is officially over at the Sky Blues fell
to their first home league defeat under the Swede against
No defeats in 11 matches for
Nilsson has quickly turned into two defeats on the bounce after
this easy 2-0 win for Stan Ternentís side and the 3-2 reverse
at Millwall a fortnight ago.
The City boss had five key
players missing this afternoon and that certainly helped the
visitors to control the match. Lee Carsley, Youssef Safri and
David Thompson were missing through suspension, while Mo Konjic
and Lee Hughes were out with injury.
Barry Quinn, who made a rare
start in the absence of Cityís suspended midfield trio, had a
chance early on, but he tried to be too precise with his effort
from the edge of the box and his shot was blocked by the
impressive Ian Cox.
Burnley began to take charge and
edged in front on ten minutes through Gareth Taylor. The former
Manchester City striker rose to meet Paul Wellerís corner and
headed into the top corner of the net with a touch from Richard
Shaw on the goal line.
The Sky Blues went in search of
an equaliser but were wasteful with their passing and were
limited to one effort from Marcus Hall which cleared the bar.
The Clarets got on top again and
doubled their lead just after the half-hour mark in
Calum Davenport, who was making
his first start for City, and Gary Breen were caught trying to
play pretty football in their own half by Ian Moore.
The Burnley striker drove towards
the Sky Blues goal and was brought down on the edge of the area
by Quinn. Davenport showed his anger at the decision by kicking
the ball away and was booked by referee Frazer Stretton, who
moved the free-kick forward by ten yards into the Coventry box.
Former City midfielder Paul
Cook stood over the ball and spotted Glen Little unmarked at
the far post who fired home from two yards to put the game out
of the home sideís reach.
The Sky Blues tried to pick up
the pace in the second half but were, once again, struggling to
keep the ball in Burnley territory.
LEE FOWLER IS
TACKLED BY GLEN LITTLE
Nilsson introduced Gary
McSheffrey and Lee Fowler as substitutes in the second half and
the latter provided a much-needed spark to the City midfield.
The 18-year-old midfielder,
similar in style and build to West Hamís Joe Cole, sent Sky
Bluesí supporters home cheered by his skilful, intelligent
The young Welshman set up a
chance for Jairo Martinez late on but the Honduranís first
touch let him down and the chance was gone.
Moments later, Fowler went close
himself from the edge of the box, but his effort drifted just
City have to improve on this
performance when they take on Birmingham next Sunday, but they
will have the bite of Carsley and Safri back in midfield,
something which was badly missed today.
COVENTRY CITY :
Magnus Hedman; Richard Shaw, Gary Breen, Marc Edworthy, Calum
Davenport, Laurent Delorge, Barry Quinn (Lee Fowler, 64),
Youssef Chippo, Marcus Hall, Jay Bothroyd (Gary McSheffrey, 54),
Subs not used : Andy Goram, Runar Normann, Tomas Antonelius
Dimitrios Papadopoulos, Dean
West, Ian Cox, Arthur Gnohere, Glen Little, Tony Grant, Paul
Cook (Alan Moore, 76),
Paul Weller, Lee Briscoe (Kevin
Ball, 45), Gareth
Taylor, Ian Moore
Subs not used : Luigi Cennamo, Lenny Johnrose, Andy Payton
Burnley - Taylor (10), Little (33)
REFEREE : F Stretton (Nottingham)
Coventry - Davenport (32, dissent), Breen (55, foul)
Burnley - Taylor (35, dissent), Cook (56, foul), Little (74,
ATTENDANCE : 16,849
COVENTRY LEAGUE POSITION : 8th
with 31 points