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Coventry City 1 - 0 Sheffield United

Postby dutchman » Fri Oct 21, 2022 1:41 am

Coventry off bottom with late win over Blades

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Martyn Waghorn's penalty three minutes from time lifted Coventry off the bottom of the Championship with victory over Sheffield United.

It gave the Sky Blues just their third win of the season and continued their recent revival with those three wins coming in their past five games.

Defeat extended United's recent slump as they missed the chance to go second in the Championship and have now gone five games without a win.

Twice they were denied by the frame of the goal in the second half as first Ollie Norwood struck the bar with a free-kick before Oli McBurnie's shot from outside the box hit the post.

But City won it as Chris Basham's foul gave Waghorn his chance from the spot and he made no mistake for his first goal of the season.

Until then it had reached the 70th minute for the hosts to force a save from United goalkeeper Adam Davies before the returning Gustavo Hamer shot over the bar.

In a drab first half neither side managed a shot on target but Blades left-back Rhys Norrington-Davies suffered a serious-looking injury.

Sheffield United lost Rhys Norrington-Davies to a serious looking injury early on

The Wales international pulled up with what appeared to be a leg muscle problem after only 10 minutes and was stretchered off.

His replacement, James McAtee, was perhaps fortunate to stay on the field himself as he lunged wildly at Coventry winger Fankaty Dabo but was only shown a yellow card.

Dabo himself could easily have received a second booking after half-time but escaped further sanction for a foul on Ben Osborn.

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Re: Coventry City 1 - 0 Sheffield United

Postby dutchman » Fri Oct 21, 2022 1:44 am

Brilliant Waghorn penalty as Sky Blues off bottom

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A late Martyn Waghorn penalty gave Coventry City a brilliant three points against a resilient Sheffield United at the CBS Arena.

The Sky Blues were awarded the spot-kick when Viktor Gyokeres was brought down by Chris Basham in the 87th minute, leaving the experienced striker to hit a brilliant shot from 12 yards as Mark Robins’ men secured back-to-back victories for the first time this season and kept another clean sheet.

City weathered an early free-kick in behind in a blustery night that saw the wind take the ball when played off the deck in an otherwise tight start to the game.

The Blades suffered an injury setback in the ninth minute when Rhys Norrington-Davies pulled a hamstring as he burst forward into the City box and had to be stretchered off and replaced by Manchester City teenager James McAtee.

Coventry enjoyed some good approach play and possession but struggled to break a well organised visiting defence down with not a single attempt on goal for the Sky Blues in a frustrating first 30 minutes, and the only effort of the half came from a wild shot from Matty Godden that flew well wide of the target.

There was controversy in the 36th minute when McAtee flew in on Fankaty Dabo who went down holding his ankles but the young midfielder got away with a yellow card amid widespread calls for him to be sent off for what looked like a two footed challenge.

The game got extremely lively with Ben Sheaf and Dabo then going in to book before the break with the home fans singing, ‘you’re not fit to referee,’ to man in the middle Keith Stroud.

Coventry defended three corners before the break in an increasingly scrappy and bad tempered affair and went in all square at half-time, clearly requiring some wise words from the manager as to how to improve in the second half.

United went closest to breaking the deadlock from a 50th minute Oliver Norwood free-kick which was floated into the box and bounced off the crossbar before being cleared by City.

Dabo, meanwhile, was treading a fine line when he shoulder barged and fouled a Blades player on the far touchline, having already been booked. And the wing-back was substituted shortly after, being replaced by Gustavo Hamer as Eccles switched across to fill in on the right.

Martyn Waghorn and Kasey Palmer followed just after the hour for Godden and Allen as Mark Robins looked to find a way through a solid Blades back line. And Palmer made an immediate impact when he raced into the box and was clattered by John Egan, immediately appealing for a penalty. But the referee was having none of it and waved play on.

Minutes later Hamer cut in from the right and hit a lovely shot to the near post to force the visiting keeper to save for the first time.

But United suddenly enjoyed a spell of pressure with Oli McBurnie hitting the foot of the post before Egan headed goalwards, only for Ben Wilson to be in the right place to make the catch.

Viktor Gyokeres then drove into the bos on the right and was hauled down by centre-half Chris Basham with the referee looking at his linesman before awarding City a penalty, leaving Waghorn to step up and score with a brilliantly taken spot-kick.

Coventry had to defend a string of late corners amid six agonising minutes of stoppage time but they held firm to see out the win.

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