Coventry City 2 - 0 Queens Park Rangers

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Coventry City 2 - 0 Queens Park Rangers

Postby dutchman » Sat Nov 12, 2022 6:39 pm

Gyokeres brace as Sky Blues make it four on the spin

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Two goals from Viktor Gyokeres gave Coventry City a fourth consecutive Championship win to send them into the World Cup break in fine spirits.

Callum O’Hare provided both assists for a goal in each half as the Sky Blues were well worth their victory over Queens Park Rangers at the CBS Arena.

Mark Robins’ men created the first chance of the game when they launched an exciting counter attack from a second minute QPR corner, with O’Hare launching the ball up field to send Viktor Gyokeres racing into the box. The striker cut in and squared a pass to Ben Sheaf whose shot was blocked and fell out to Josh Eccles who hit a wild effort disappointingly into the stand.

City kept up the pressure with another effort minutes later sparked by Gustavo Hamer but the end result saw the opposition keeper collet the ball after a tough from Gyokeres at the near post. But the striker gave City a deserved lead in the 11th minute when O’Hare turned full-back Ethan Laird and sent a cross into the area where the big Swede controlled it, turned his man and fired his shot into the top corner.

The closest QPR came to threatening City’s goal was in the 28th minute when an Ilias Chair free-kick was met by the head of centre-back Robert Dickie who sent it over the bar.

Coventry dominated the first half, playing some lovely short, one-touch football to create inroads in the final third and restricting the visitors to the occasional counter attack and set piece.

Michael Beale’s side applied some pressure late on in the first half and continued their fight-back after the break when they started to dominate the ball more, forcing the Sky Blues to defend deeper and deeper and play on the counter themselves with Kyle McFadzean and Hamer driving forward on exciting attacks to provide a bit of respite from the pressure.

Rangers didn’t have a single effort on target until the 75th minute when Dickie hit a blistering shot that looked to be heading for the top corner until Ben Wilson flung himself to his left and palmed it away for a corner.

City then gave themselves a two goal cushion minutes later in the 78th when O’Hare slipped him in behind in the box for a cool and precise finish. And the big Swede almost got a hat-trick in the 85th minute when he got on the end of a cross from Eccles and headed it goalwards, only for the keeper to tip over the bar at the last second.

ATTENDANCE: 23,201 (3,651 away).

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Re: Coventry City 2 - 0 Queens Park Rangers

Postby dutchman » Sat Nov 12, 2022 7:05 pm

Gyokeres double secures Coventry win over QPR

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In-form Coventry striker Viktor Gyokeres struck both goals to see off QPR and register their fourth straight win.

The Sky Blues forward opened the scoring in the 11th minute, rifling home after good work by Callum O'Hare.

O'Hare then supplied the assist as Gyokeres wrapped up victory with a clinical finish late on - his fourth goal in three games.

Coventry, in the bottom three until the start of November, have soared to 11th place while Rangers - who led the table three weeks ago - slip out of the play-off positions.

The Sky Blues started strongly, with O'Hare picking out Gustavo Hamer for a back-post header that Seny Dieng did well to keep out.

However, Dieng was beaten soon afterwards when Ethan Laird's clearance rebounded off O'Hare and into the path of Jamie Allen, who teed up Gyokeres to thunder his shot in off the bar.

The Swedish striker might have doubled his tally soon afterwards, but Dieng denied him at the near post, while O'Hare fired into the side netting just before the break.

Rangers' best moments came from Ilias Chair. His free-kick was headed over by Rob Dickie before the Morocco international rounded Ben Wilson, but was unable to finish from a tight angle.

Wilson was called into action to preserve Coventry's lead - and ensure a fourth consecutive clean sheet - in the second half, tipping over Dickie's powerful drive from distance.

But the home side made the points safe with 12 minutes remaining as O'Hare found space and played in Gyokeres to slot past Dieng.

The QPR keeper denied Gyokeres his hat-trick late on, pushing away a header from Josh Eccles' cross.

The Londoners have now dropped to seventh place in the Championship after taking just one point from their last five games.

Coventry manager Mark Robins told BBC Coventry and Warwickshire:

"It was up there with the best performances we've seen. It was an even game really but we played some brilliant football and kept their chances down to very few.

"They were building momentum, then all of a sudden we get a second goal and it was class football - a brilliant pass back inside from Callum [O'Hare) and Vik [Gyokeres] was really calm to finish it.

"The atmosphere was electric, our support was really noisy and that helped us over the line.

"It's been a phenomenal 12-game spell - from the Middlesbrough game to now is an incredible turnaround."

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