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Coventry City 0 - 1 Burnley

Postby dutchman » Sat Oct 08, 2022 5:58 pm

Second half fight-back not enough as Sky Blues sunk by Clarets

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Coventry City slipped to their fifth Championship defeat of the season on a difficult afternoon at the CBS Arena against a dominant Burnley side.

Nathan Tella scored the only goal of the game six minutes before the break, after which the Sky Blues attempted a determined fight-back but couldn’t find a way through the Clarets’ well-organised defence in a game in which they failed to hit a single attempt on target.

Vincent Kompany’s men took the game to Coventry, as predicted, from the first whistle, enjoying plenty of possession – over 60 percent overall – in the attacking third but the Sky Blues worked incredibly hard to close them down and win the ball back and ask questions themselves.

Josh Cullen wasted an early free shot on goal for the visitors who enjoyed a string or early corners to maintain the early pressure on the home side who were forced to play largely on the counter attack.

City’s first real threatening opportunity didn’t come until the 36th minute when Fankaty Dabo attempted to play Tyler Walker in on goal, only for the striker to stretch but fail to connect with the pass.

But Vincent Kompany’s men got the goal that they’d been threatening in the 39th minute when Cullen picked out Nathan Tella on the right and the forward controlled brilliantly before clipping the ball over the keeper and in off the far post to give Burnley the lead.

Jonathan Panzo went agonisingly close to equalising from a 45th minute Palmer corner but his header powered off the crossbar to ensure City trailed at the break.

The Clarets continued to control the game as the second half got underway and created another opportunity when Vitinho played Jay Rodriguez in behind, only for the striker to shoot into the side netting.

Mark Robins made four changes on the hour, sending on Matty Godden, Fabio Tavares, Josh Eccles and Michael Rose for Walker, Palmer, McFadzean and Doyle as City switched to a 4-3-3 to match their opponents. City’s Plan B proved really effective as Coventry suddenly played on the front foot and piled on the pressure as they went in search of an equaliser.

But the Clarets stood firm and held out for the full three points as the Sky Blues lacked the quality and know-how to find clear cut opportunities to score.

ATTENDANCE: 19,445 (1,953 away).

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Re: Coventry City 0 - 1 Burnley

Postby dutchman » Sat Oct 08, 2022 6:01 pm

Tella strike gives Burnley win at Coventry

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Nathan Tella scored the only goal of the game to see Burnley move back to within striking distance of the Championship's top two and left Coventry six points from safety at the bottom.

The Clarets striker, on loan from Southampton, did brilliantly to run on to Josh Cullen's pass over the top of the Sky Blues' defence, control instantly and fire a volley from an acute angle in off the far post after 39 minutes.

That was Tella's fifth of the season and ended a frustrating run for Vincent Kompany's side, who had seen four of their previous five games end 1-1, the last two because of late equalisers.

Kompany had demanded his players close out games better, but Jonathan Panzo's header against the bar from a Kasey Palmer corner was the only real threat to the visitors' goal.

Burnley should have extended their lead in the second half to calm supporters' nerves but Jay Rodriguez hit the side netting when Anass Zaroury was well placed for a tap-in, and the Clarets almost paid for it when Ben Sheaf's cross was glanced wide by Matt Godden as Coventry applied late pressure.

That chance reinforced Kompany's pre-match warning about his side needing to rid themselves of a vulnerability from crosses, with equalisers from Cardiff and Stoke in the past seven days both coming from that source.

Coventry manager Mark Robins hoped his side had turned the corner after suffering four defeats and three draws in their opening seven games, as they picked up their first win, over Middlesbrough, last week and then battled to a goalless draw at Bristol City in midweek.

Defeat leaves them six points behind Boro, who are in 21st, although they have played three games fewer.

The Sky Blues camped in the Burnley half for the final 10 minutes but apart from Godden's header whistling wide, their only attempt of any note was a shot from substitute Todd Kane which almost found the top corner.

Burnley, who have designs on bouncing straight back into the Premier League, were further boosted by news that top two Sheffield United and Norwich City had both lost, leaving them two points off the top.

Coventry manager Mark Robins:

"They are a good side, they were exactly what we expected but our performance was pretty good.

"They pin teams in and they have loads of pace. They are a really good side, but to concede the goal we did was really disappointing.

"From our perspective we had been okay and limited them to not a lot. We hit the underside of the crossbar for the second game in a row.

"It was difficult to break them down, they had looked at their habit which is not a great one of conceding late and from crosses and you could see their nerves."

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