NOV 01] COVENTRY CITY MATCH
REPORT - DIVISION ONE
Birmingham City (1) 2
Coventry City (0) 0
Coventry fell to their second
consecutive 2-0 defeat as they failed to halt the slide in their
Birmingham’s Brazilian striker
Marcelo scored a goal in each half to seal the points as City
posted a disappointing display despite welcoming back four
Lee Carsley and Youssef Safri
were both back from suspension to strengthen the midfield while
Lee Hughes and Mo Konjic returned from injury.
But the strengthened line-up
failed to live up to expectations, rarely tested Ian Bennett in
the Birmingham goal and could have no complaints at the outcome
of a scruffy encounter.
The Sky Blues had shown a few
encouraging signs in the early exchanges of the first half after
surviving an early scare when Steve Vickers headed wide in the
But in the 17th minute they had
no answers to a well-worked Birmingham move. Martin Grainger and
former Sky Blues favourite David Burrows were involved in the
build-up before the muscular Geoff Horsfield delivered a cross
for Marcelo to head in.
The Brazilian striker had been
given too much space and timed his run perfectly to avoid being
While never finding any sort of
momentum, Coventry could have pulled level eight minutes later
through Hughes. Vickers slipped on the wet surface allowing the
City striker to race clear.
He checked to beat another
defender before curling in a shot which beat Bennett and seemed
destined for the net. But Curtis Fleming spotted the danger and
managed to get back to cover on the line and diverted the ball
over the bar and out for a corner.
Nilsson brought on Julian Joachim
for the injured Jay Bothroyd at half time and the former Villa
man did manage one on-target effort early on but is clearly some
way from fitness.
The game was put beyond Coventry
just after the hour with the same three players combining to
pierce the Sky Blue defence. Grainger played the ball through to
Horsfield on the byline and the striker managed to turn his
marker and deliver a perfect cross to the far post allowing
Marcelo to turn the ball in with his head at the far post.
With Coventry proving so
ineffective, that put the game beyond them and the rest of the
encounter was, to say the least, disappointing.
The Sky Blues take on high-flying
Crystal Palace on Wednesday evening and will need to perform
with more gusto if they are to stand any chance of reversing
their recent run of three defeats.
BIRMINGHAM CITY :
Ian Bennett, Curtis Fleming, Darren Purse (Tresor
Luntala, 85), Steve Vickers,
David Burrows, Nicky Eaden, Curtis Woodhouse, Martin O`Connor,
Martin Grainger, Geoff Horsfield, Marcelo
Subs not used : Nico Vaesen,
Graham Hyde, Andrew Johnson, Tommy Mooney
COVENTRY CITY :
Magnus Hedman; Muhamed Konjic, Gary Breen, Marc Edworthy, Marcus
Hall, Lee Carsley, Youssef Safri Laurent Delorge (Lee
Fowler, 70), Youssef Chippo, Lee Hughes, Jay Bothroyd (Julian
Subs not used : Andy Goram, Tomas Antonelius, Calum Davenport
Birmingham - Marcelo (17, 61)
REFEREE : C Foy (St Helens)
Birmingham - Fleming (44, foul), Grainger (44, foul), Burrows
(64, dissent), Horsfield (85, foul)
Coventry - Breen (42, foul)
ATTENDANCE : 18, 279
COVENTRY LEAGUE POSITION : 9th
with 31 points