Coventry City moved out of the League One relegation zone as they secured a comfortable home win over Crawley Town.

The hosts went ahead as John Fleck hit an angled drive from 15 yards into the net following David McGoldrick's pass.

It became 2-0 when Fleck's cross took a deflection into the path of McGoldrick, who steered the ball past Paul Jones.

Billy Clarke pulled one back, finishing after a shot hit William Edjenguele, but McGoldrick curled home a 20-yard effort for his second to seal the win.

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Crawley Town manager Richie Barker told BBC Sussex:

"We had the most possession, the most shots, the most crosses, the most corners. I think they had five or six shots and three of them have gone in.

"We were our own worst enemies when we were in possession and they were almost waiting for us to make a mistake. They didn't create anything and it was all based on our mistakes.

"But we play in the right way and I thought we passed the ball extremely well and we are going to make mistakes because of the way we play. If we don't want to make mistakes then we will just get it forward as quick as possible."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (4)

Coventry

  • 01 Murphy
  • 02 Clarke (Reckord - 81' )
  • 21 Christie
  • 24 Wood
  • 25 Edjenguele
  • 08 Baker
  • 10 Fleck
  • 12 Jennings
  • 38 Bailey
  • 09 McDonald (Moussa - 68' )
  • 31 McGoldrick

Substitutes

  • 13 Dunn
  • 05 Cameron
  • 34 Reckord
  • 32 Moussa
  • 11 McSheffrey
  • 17 Ball
  • 19 O'Donovan

Crawley Town

  • 01 Jones
  • 03 Sadler
  • 05 McFadzean
  • 13 Hunt
  • 28 Davis
  • 07 Clarke
  • 11 Simpson
  • 15 Bulman (Ajose - 71' )
  • 16 Adams
  • 21 Jones
  • 09 Alexander (Akinde - 83' )

Substitutes

  • 25 Kuipers
  • 04 Connolly
  • 12 Walsh
  • 08 Torres
  • 18 Cooper
  • 14 Ajose
  • 17 Akinde
Ref: Rushton
Att: 8,862

Match Stats

Shots

10 18

On target

5 10

Corners

2 8

Fouls

10 7

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:47 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:00 +4:24

The ball is sent over by Mike Jones, clearance by Jamie Reckord.

90:00 +4:02

The ball is sent over by David Hunt, William Edjenguele makes a clearance.

90:00 +2:48

Kyle McFadzean delivers the ball.

90:00 +2:29

Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Nicky Adams.

90:00 +1:54

The ball is swung over by David Hunt, John Akinde takes a shot. Save by Joe Murphy.

90:00 +1:30

Jamie Reckord challenges Billy Clarke unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by David Hunt.

90:00 +0:26

John Akinde sends in a cross, clearance made by James Bailey. Corner taken right-footed by Nicky Adams.

89:19

Mat Sadler concedes a free kick for a foul on Carl Baker. Free kick taken by Joe Murphy.

88:52

Centre by Josh Simpson.

87:54

Nicky Adams fouled by Carl Baker, the ref awards a free kick. Nicky Adams takes the free kick.

87:17

Inswinging corner taken by Nicky Adams, save made by Joe Murphy.

86:54

Nicky Adams takes a shot. Richard Wood gets a block in.

85:32

Mike Jones challenges Cyrus Christie unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Carl Baker from right wing, Mat Sadler manages to make a clearance.

84:28

John Akinde is caught offside. Joe Murphy takes the indirect free kick.

84:04

David McGoldrick is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Claude Davis.

82:51

Joe Murphy takes the free kick.

82:51 Substitution

Substitution John Akinde is brought on as a substitute for Gary Alexander.

82:51

The referee blows for offside.

81:38

Nicky Adams takes a shot. Save made by Joe Murphy.

81:02

Carl Baker delivers the ball, Claude Davis manages to make a clearance.

79:49

Joe Murphy takes the direct free kick.

79:49 Substitution

Substitution Jamie Reckord is brought on as a substitute for Jordan Clarke.

79:49

David Hunt sends in a cross, Gary Alexander challenges Richard Wood unfairly and gives away a free kick.

79:26

Shot on goal by Nicky Adams from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

77:57

Corner from left by-line taken by Nicky Adams.

77:16

Billy Clarke takes a shot. Richard Wood gets a block in.

74:42

Shot by Billy Clarke from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.

74:24

The ball is delivered by David Hunt, clearance by Richard Wood.

70:36 Substitution

Substitution Nick Ajose comes on in place of Dannie Bulman.

69:04

David McGoldrick takes a shot. Save by Paul Jones.

67:05 Substitution

Substitution Franck Moussa joins the action as a substitute, replacing Cody McDonald.

67:05

Effort from outside the penalty box by Carl Baker goes wide right of the target.

64:20

Assist on the goal came from Jordan Clarke.

64:20 Goal scored

Goal! - David McGoldrick - Coventry 3 - 1 Crawley A goal is scored by David McGoldrick from just outside the box to the top right corner of the goal. Coventry 3-1 Crawley Town.

63:50

The referee blows for offside against Billy Clarke. Joe Murphy restarts play with the free kick.

62:11

Dannie Bulman produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.

61:57

Nicky Adams sends in a cross, William Edjenguele makes a clearance.

61:10

Mat Sadler sends in a cross.

59:03

Free kick awarded for a foul by David Hunt on Cody McDonald. The ball is sent over by John Fleck, Richard Wood has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.

55:38

The assist for the goal came from Josh Simpson.

55:38 Goal scored

Goal! - Billy Clarke - Coventry 2 - 1 Crawley Goal scored by Billy Clarke from deep inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Coventry 2-1 Crawley Town.

55:09

Josh Simpson takes a shot. William Edjenguele gets a block in.

50:50

The ball is swung over by Nicky Adams.

49:39

Shot by John Fleck from outside the box goes over the target.

48:51

The ball is delivered by Nicky Adams, save by Joe Murphy.

48:04

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mat Sadler by Carl Baker. Paul Jones takes the free kick.

47:16

The ball is crossed by Nicky Adams.

46:46

David McGoldrick produces a cross, blocked by Kyle McFadzean.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:00 +3:02 Half time

Half Time It is the end of the first-half.

45:00 +0:31

Assist by John Fleck.

45:00 +0:31 Goal scored

Goal! - David McGoldrick - Coventry 2 - 0 Crawley David McGoldrick fires in a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Coventry 2-0 Crawley Town.

45:00 +0:17

Cyrus Christie sends in a cross, clearance by Kyle McFadzean.

44:00

John Fleck takes a outswinging corner to the near post, William Edjenguele takes a shot. Save by Paul Jones.

43:40

Centre by Nicky Adams, clearance by William Edjenguele.

43:05

Carl Baker produces a cross.

40:38

A cross is delivered by Nicky Adams, clearance made by Steven Jennings.

39:12

The ball is sent over by Mike Jones, clearance made by Cyrus Christie.

38:04

The ball is swung over by Cyrus Christie, Close range header by Cody McDonald goes wide of the left-hand post.

36:56

The ball is swung over by Dannie Bulman, Billy Clarke takes a shot. Joe Murphy makes a save. Corner taken left-footed by Nicky Adams, save made by Joe Murphy.

36:41

The ball is sent over by Nicky Adams, clearance made by William Edjenguele.

36:16

Short corner taken by Nicky Adams.

35:16

Cody McDonald concedes a free kick for a foul on Kyle McFadzean. Free kick taken by Kyle McFadzean.

34:24

Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Alexander on William Edjenguele. Joe Murphy takes the direct free kick.

33:49

Dannie Bulman fouled by David McGoldrick, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Jones.

33:36

Cyrus Christie produces a cross, Kyle McFadzean makes a clearance.

32:49

The ball is delivered by Mat Sadler, Effort on goal by Gary Alexander from inside the box misses to the right of the target.

32:16

Billy Clarke takes a shot. Richard Wood gets a block in.

31:40

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nicky Adams by Jordan Clarke. Free kick crossed right-footed by Nicky Adams from right wing, clearance made by William Edjenguele.

31:24

The ball is swung over by Nicky Adams, clearance made by William Edjenguele.

30:13

Centre by Nicky Adams.

29:10

A cross is delivered by Nicky Adams, Joe Murphy makes a save.

28:56

Gary Alexander produces a cross, clearance by Richard Wood.

28:08

Carl Baker has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

27:47

Kyle McFadzean gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Carl Baker. Direct free kick taken by Cyrus Christie.

25:28

David Hunt fouled by John Fleck, the ref awards a free kick. Centre by Nicky Adams, Claude Davis takes a shot. Clearance made by Cody McDonald.

24:07

Foul by Carl Baker on Josh Simpson, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Dannie Bulman.

22:02

Unfair challenge on David McGoldrick by Claude Davis results in a free kick. Richard Wood restarts play with the free kick.

19:17

A cross is delivered by John Fleck, clearance made by Kyle McFadzean.

17:18

Short corner taken by Nicky Adams, Centre by David Hunt.

16:53

David Hunt sends in a cross, clearance by William Edjenguele.

16:15

Billy Clarke takes a shot. Save made by Joe Murphy.

14:57

Kyle McFadzean fouled by Cody McDonald, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Jones.

13:00

Shot by David Hunt from outside the area goes high over the crossbar.

9:20

Mike Jones takes a shot. Blocked by Richard Wood. Nicky Adams takes the inswinging corner, save by Joe Murphy.

8:04

The assist for the goal came from David McGoldrick.

8:04 Goal scored

Goal! - John Fleck - Coventry 1 - 0 Crawley John Fleck scores a goal from just inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Coventry 1-0 Crawley Town.

7:11

Billy Clarke crosses the ball, clearance made by Richard Wood.

5:47

The official flags Gary Alexander offside. Steven Jennings takes the free kick.

4:34

Cyrus Christie crosses the ball, blocked by Mat Sadler. Corner taken left-footed by John Fleck from the right by-line, Claude Davis manages to make a clearance.

2:37

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jordan Clarke on Nicky Adams. Billy Clarke produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.

1:38

Nicky Adams produces a right-footed shot from long range which goes wide right of the target.

0:00

The referee starts the match.

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