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Adam Dent[01 DEC 01] COVENTRY CITY MATCH REPORT - DIVISION ONE
Coventry City (2) 3
Wimbledon (1) 1
BY ADAM DENT

The Sky Blues made it two wins out of two in front of the Highfield Road faithful with a convincing victory over Wimbledon.

Lee Mills struck for the second time since his loan move from Portsmouth on Wednesday, while Lee Hughes ended his personal goal drought by scoring Cityís opener.

David Thompson completed the win when he chalked up his seventh goal of the season in the closing stages.

Roland Nilsson named an unchanged side from the one which beat Crystal Palace so comfortably on Wednesday night as Lee Carsley continued at centre back, while Mills and Hughes started up front together for the second time.

Coventry began on the front foot and on-loan Mills had an early chance to give them the lead but he shot over after a knockdown from Bosnian defender Mo Konjic.

The Dons played some neat football but struggled to create any clear cut chances and on 19 minutes Hughes hit the back of the net with his first goal from open play for 13 games.

Laurent Delorge skipped past Jermaine Darlington on the right-wing and coolly found the former Albion man unmarked in the box and he made no mistake from eight yards.

The visitors came close to forcing an equaliser towards the break, but David Connolly was guilty of missing two good opportunities.

He cut inside Carsley in the City box but fired wide and then headed over from ten yards after a perfect centre from Neil Ardley.

The Dons were left ruing those chances as Mills doubled Coventryís lead two minutes before half-time.

The 31-year-old striker volleyed home from six yards after Thompsonís curling cross from the left-hand side.

Jobi McAnuff brought Wimbledon back into the match in first-half injury time when he hit a low shot past Magnus Hedman after a cross from Kevin Cooper.

The second half was a more tense affair and the Sky Blues clearly needed a third goal to kill the game off.

They survived a scare as Wayne Brown forced Hedman to make a save after meeting a corner with a full blooded header, but with 11 minutes remaining Thompson supplied the crucial goal to seal the win.

Delorge, who had his best game yet in a City shirt, outpaced Darlington on the right and his pullback gave the little Liverpudlian nothing else to do other than crash the ball past Kelvin Davis and into the net.

COVENTRY CITY :
Magnus Hedman; Marc Edworthy, Muhamed Konjic, Marcus Hall, David Thompson, Lee Carsley, Laurent Delorge, Youssef Safri, Youssef Chippo (Lee Fowler, 80), Lee Hughes, Lee Mills (Julian Joachim, 83)
Subs not used : Andy Goram, Barry Quinn, Tomas Antonelius

WIMBLEDON :
Kelvin Davis; Kenny Cunningham, Darren Holloway, Kevin Cooper, Wayne Brown, Jermaine Darlington, Neal Ardley, Joel McAnuff (Damien Francis, 85), Michael Hughes, David Connolly, Neil Shipperley (David Nielsen, 73)
Subs not used :
Ian Feuer, Peter Hawkins, Chris Willmott

GOALS :
Coventry - Hughes (20), Mills (43), Thompson (78)
Wimbledon -
McAnuff (45)

REFEREE : P Prosser (Innsworth)

BOOKINGS :
Coventry - Edworthy (foul, 52)
Wimbledon - Darlington (23, unsporting behaviour), Shipperley (33, foul), Cooper (90, foul)

ATTENDANCE :  17,303

COVENTRY LEAGUE POSITION : 3rd with 37 points
  

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