Cardiff City 0 -1 Coventry City

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Cardiff City 0 -1 Coventry City

Postby dutchman » Sat Oct 15, 2022 7:14 pm

McFadzean brick wall and Gyokeres tap-in seal first win on the road

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A Viktor Gyokeres tap-in gave Coventry City their first Championship victory on the road in a solid and hard-fought display at Cardiff City.

The Sky Blues should have been in front as early as the third minute after a long kick from Ben Wilson was flicked on by Matty Godden and took a deflection to fall to Gyokeres who had an open goal to shoot into but fired disappointingly wide of the target – what looked like a huge miss at the time.

Cardiff then tested the visitors with three corners in quick success amid some poor marking that allowed a free shot and header from Callum Robinson and Callum O’Dowda, both of which were blocked. And the home side went close again when Niels Nkounkou got the better of Fankaty Dabo to send in a dangerous ball across the face of goal with O’Dowda sliding in and just failing to connect.

Robinson then robbed Callum Doyle to create a free shot at goal, only to fire narrowly wide of the target as the Bluebirds looked the more likely to break the deadlock approaching the 20 minute mark. The Manchester City teenager was taken off minutes later in the 23rd and replaced by Michael Rose.

The Sky Blues took the lead in the 34th minute when Godden flicked on to Allen on the right, with the midfielder cutting in and hitting an angled shot which the keeper parried into the path of the lurking Gyokeres to tap home in the six yard box. That gave Robins’ men plenty of confidence as they suddenly looked the more threatening to the break.

Cardiff applied more set-piece pressure straight from the start of the second half and the home side thought they were back on level terms in the 50th minute when Robinson nipped in behind City’s back line from a corner, whereupon he rounded Wilson and slotted home. However, the Sky Blues appealed for off-side and after the referee consulted his linesman it was ruled out, much to the delight of the travelling Sky Blue Army.

The game fell a bit flat midway through the second half when the Bluebirds made three changes in a bid to pep things up before Kasey Palmer and Martyn Waghorn added fresh legs for Allen and Godden as City defended their slender lead amid mounting home pressure.

But Coventry held on amid four long and nervous minutes of stoppage time to take a brilliant three points.

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Re: Cardiff City 0 -1 Coventry City

Postby dutchman » Sat Oct 15, 2022 7:17 pm

Cardiff beaten at home by bottom side Coventry

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Mark Hudson suffered his first defeat as Cardiff City interim manager as his team lost at home to the Championship's bottom side Coventry City.

Victor Gyokeres scored from a rebound to give Coventry a half-time lead.

Callum Robinson thought he had equalised after the break but his close-range strike was controversially disallowed for offside.

The same player had a penalty appeal rejected and volleyed over as Cardiff searched in vain for a late leveller.

The end of their three-match unbeaten run under Hudson sees the Bluebirds drop to 16th place in the Championship table, albeit still only four points away from the play-off spots.

Coventry remain at the foot of the table but, with three games in hand over most of their rivals and judging by this performance, that position could soon change.

Before their trip to south Wales, the Sky Blues found themselves six points adrift at the bottom having mustered just one win from their opening 10 fixtures, in which they had scored a joint-division low of eight goals.

They had a glorious opportunity to add to that paltry total in the third minute when Cardiff goalkeeper Ryan Allsop rushed out and made a hash of his clearance.

That left the goal unattended as the ball fell to Gyokeres and, although two Cardiff defenders rushed back to try and cover their wandering keeper, the former Swansea striker still should have scored but instead curled his shot high and wide.

Jolted by that reprieve, the hosts responded with two chances for Robinson, who saw one shot blocked from Ryan Wintle's well-disguised low corner and another drift narrowly wide.

Gyokeres was then presented with an open goal he simply could not miss. Matt Godden's flick set up Jamie Allen for a shot inside the box which Allsop did well to palm away, but only to Gyokeres who tapped in from close range.

Coventry were worthy of their half-time lead, though they were close to losing it five minutes into the second half.

Cardiff thought they had equalised when Robinson finished neatly inside the six-yard box but, after consulting with his assistant, referee Bobby Madley disallowed the goal after judging that Joe Ralls had headed the ball back into the penalty area for Robinson, who was offside.

Bluebirds players and supporters furiously contested the decision, insisting that it was a Coventry player who had headed the ball back into his own area.

They were angered again when Madley ignored Robinson's claims for a penalty after he fell under a challenge from Kyle McFadzean, but those appeals were optimistic at best.

Robinson only had himself to blame when he blazed over from eight yards out and, as Madley blew the final whistle, the only thing louder than the boos from the home crowd were the elated roars of the noisy travelling supporters from Coventry as they savoured three well-earned points.

Coventry City manager Mark Robins said:

"It was a good result. We started off not great, gave the ball away a bit too much and they've got some pace and power in the team. Thankfully we grew into the game.

"We had a bit of luck with the goal that was disallowed. We got away with that but, other than that, we did OK.

"It was one of those days where, if you're not playing as well as we know we will do at some point, you've got to defend collectively well and generally we did that.

"Although they had quite a bit of possession, this was a battling away performance and thankfully we got the three points. I'm delighted with the three points - they're really important."

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