NOV 01] COVENTRY CITY MATCH
REPORT - DIVISION ONE
Coventry City (0) 2
Crystal Palace (0) 0
Coventry ended their run of three
defeats in a row with a superb 2-0 win over Crystal Palace at
Their victory owed much to
on-loan striker Lee Mills who brought life to City’s goal shy
attack as he made one goal and scored the other to take the Sky
Blues level on points with Crystal Palace.
City produced a brilliant first
half performances inspired by the return of David Thompson and
the arrival of Mills who joined on loan from Portsmouth just
hours before the match.
Palace had the first opportunity
when Dougie Freedman nipped in ahead of Marcus Hall but Magnus
Hedman did well to foil the former Forest forward.
The Sky Blues took control and,
barring heroics from Palace keeper Matt Clarke, could have gone
in at half-time several goals to the good.
He saved well from Youssef Chippo
in the 12th minute after he had been set free by Moroccan
team-mate Youssef Safri and moments later the Palace keeper
grasped Lee Hughes’ effort which looked destined for the top
Mills was winning everything in
the air for the Sky Blues and his presence allowed Hughes to get
behind the Crystal Palace defence and on another night the
former Albion striker would have scored a hat-trick.
His best effort came midway
through the first half when he latched on to a misplaced back
pass from Julian Gray and volleyed from the edge of the box but
his shot was once again tipped over by Clarke.
City had two shouts for a penalty
early in the second half when David Hopkin appeared to handle
Marcus Hall’s cross and later when Mo Konjic looked to be
hauled down in the area by Gray.
The Sky Blues continued to press
and their domination told in the 62nd minute when Laurent
Delorge headed them into the lead.
Thompson swung in a perfect cross
from the left-hand side which Mills knocked into the path of
Delorge who could not miss from two yards.
Mills went close himself five
minutes later when he drilled a shot from 30 yards but Clarke
somehow managed to tip the ball on to the bar to deny the
Clinton Morrison and Freedman
were denied an equaliser by Magnus Hedman, who produced his most
assured display of the season, before City sealed the win with
their second goal.
Chippo went on a surging run down
the right and set up Hughes, who was denied for the umpteenth
time by Clarke, but Mills picked up the pieces on the edge of
the box and fired home his debut goal.
The 31-year-old was substituted
with five minutes remaining and was given a deserved standing
ovation from the Highfield Road faithful.
COVENTRY CITY :
Magnus Hedman; Marc Edworthy, Muhamed Konjic, Marcus Hall (Tomas
Antonelius, 75), David Thompson, Lee Carsley, Laurent Delorge,
Youssef Safri, Youssef Chippo (Lee Fowler, 88), Lee
Hughes, Lee Mills (Julian Joachim, 83)
Subs not used : Andy Goram, Barry Quinn
CRYSTAL PALACE :
Matt Clarke, Dean Austin,
Hayden Mullins, Julian Gray, Christian Edwards, David Hopkin (Tommy
Black, 80), Simon Rodger, Aki Riihilahti, Jovan Kirovski, Dougie
Freedman, Clinton Morrison (Steven
Subs not used : Alexanders
Kolinka, Gregg Berhalter, Steven Thomson
Coventry - Delorge (62), Mills (80)
REFEREE : P Walton (Northants)
Coventry - Konjic (foul, 30), Hughes (foul, 65)
Crystal Palace - Mullins (dissent, 19), Kirovski (foul, 38), Riihilahti
ATTENDANCE : 13,695
COVENTRY LEAGUE POSITION : 7th
with 34 points