Coventry scored a late winner to edge a nine-goal thriller with Bristol City in their first "home" game at Northampton's Sixfields.

The Sky Blues were 3-0 up at the break through Leon Clarke's penalty, Callum Wilson and Billy Daniels.

But the Robins were level by the 74th minute, thanks to two Sam Baldock goals and a Jay Emmanuel-Thomas free-kick.

Wilson restored the lead immediately, and after Marvin Elliott equalised, Daniels stole the points for Coventry.

Coventry fans outside Sixfields

Coventry fans celebrate whilst watching their side from a hill outside Northampton's Sixfields Stadium...

Sunday's game marked the start of the Sky Blues' three-year exile to Northampton, 34 miles away from their Ricoh Arena home, and was watched by just 2,204 people - in contrast to their first game in Coventry last August, when over 12,000 fans saw them draw with Sheffield United.

Those who chose not to stay away were greeted by a section of supporters protesting outside Sixfields Stadium urging them to boycott the game. Those fans proceeded to watch the game for free from the top of an adjacent hill.

The game was played on Sunday as Northampton were playing at Sixfields, their regular home, on Saturday with the Cobblers having preference when the two teams' home games were scheduled for the same day - the first of 15 such clashes in the league this season.

The Sky Blues started the season with a 10-point deduction as Coventry City FC Ltd, which entered administration in March, faces liquidation following a row over rent with Arena Coventry Limited, which runs the Ricoh Arena.

Coventry fans

...while 34 miles away at the Ricoh Arena, fans protest against the club's ownership during an exhibition game

More than 5,000 fans turned up at the Ricoh Arena for a match between Coventry City Legends and Midlands All Stars taking place at the same time with Sky Blues fans chanting songs against the club's ownership.

The Coventry-Bristol City game itself was a breathless affair, Steven Pressley's Coventry racing three goals ahead before being spectacularly pegged back.

Clarke's penalty gave Coventry the lead before Wilson fired home from the edge of the box and Daniels looked like he had put the result beyond doubt when he headed home an inviting Frank Moussa cross in first-half stoppage-time.

But Baldock began the fightback, forcing home an Emmanuel-Thomas pull-back as the defence appealed for handball and the latter scored a deflected 30-yard free-kick before Baldock capitalised on some indecisive defending to make it 3-3.

Wilson then scored a carbon copy of his first and Robins midfielder Elliott volleyed in another equaliser, but Coventry would not be denied a third time as Daniels secured victory by turning home Clarke's low cross.

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (5)

Coventry

  • 01 Murphy
  • 02 Christie
  • 03 Adams
  • 04 Webster
  • 24 Clarke
  • 06 Thomas Booked
  • 07 Fleck
  • 14 Moussa (Willis - 89' )
  • 09 Clarke
  • 17 Daniels
  • 20 Wilson Booked (Manset - 90' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Burge
  • 16 Barton
  • 18 Phillips
  • 19 Willis
  • 30 Garner
  • 32 Lobjoit
  • 10 Manset

Bristol City

  • 01 Fielding
  • 02 Moloney Booked
  • 04 Fontaine
  • 05 Flint Booked
  • 17 Cunningham
  • 08 Kilkenny (Taylor - 46' )
  • 11 Wagstaff (Williams - 46' Booked )
  • 21 Pack Booked
  • 25 Elliott
  • 09 Baldock
  • 10 Emmanuel-Thomas

Substitutes

  • 13 Parish
  • 03 Williams
  • 14 Reid
  • 16 Wynter
  • 15 Bryan
  • 18 Taylor (Harewood - 83' )
  • 23 Harewood
Ref: Coote
Att: 2,204

Match Stats

Shots

20 10

On target

15 6

Corners

3 4

Fouls

12 13

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +7:34 Full time

Full Time The referee blows the whistle to end the game.

90:00 +6:40

Sam Baldock takes a shot and went wide right of the target.

90:00 +4:14

Joe Murphy takes the free kick.

90:00 +3:58

Callum Wilson goes into the referee's book for time wasting.

90:00 +3:58 Booking

Booking

90:00 +3:11 Substitution

Substitution Callum Wilson leaves the field to be replaced by Mathieu Manset.

90:00 +2:43

Jordan Clarke fouled by Marlon Harewood, the ref awards a free kick.

90:00 +1:55

Jordan Clarke restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +1:44

Foul by Marlon Harewood on John Fleck, free kick awarded.

90:00 +0:28

Joe Murphy restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +0:02

The referee blows for offside.

88:55 Substitution

Substitution Jordan Willis replaces Franck Moussa.

86:36

Assist by Leon Clarke.

86:36 Goal scored

Goal! - Billy Daniels - Coventry 5 - 4 Bristol C Billy Daniels scores a right footed goal. Coventry 5-4 Bristol City.

85:23

John Fleck restarts play with the free kick.

85:16

Free kick awarded for a foul by Marlon Harewood on Jordan Clarke.

84:18 Goal scored

Goal! - Marvin Elliott - Coventry 4 - 4 Bristol C Marvin Elliott grabs a goal with a right foot finish. Coventry 4-4 Bristol City.

82:58

Frank Fielding takes the free kick.

82:31 Substitution

Substitution Marlon Harewood replaces Ryan Taylor.

82:12

The assistant referee signals for offside against Leon Clarke.

80:30

Cyrus Christie takes a shot. Frank Fielding safely holds on.

80:02

John Fleck restarts play with the free kick.

78:19

Ryan Taylor gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Conor Thomas.

77:33

Clearance by Blair Adams.

77:24

Corner taken by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.

76:12

Frank Fielding restarts play with the free kick.

76:03

Free kick awarded for a foul by Callum Wilson on Aden Flint.

74:33 Goal scored

Goal! - Callum Wilson - Coventry 4 - 3 Bristol C Callum Wilson scores a left footed goal. Coventry 4-3 Bristol City.

74:30

Callum Wilson heads at goal.

73:37 Goal scored

Goal! - Sam Baldock - Coventry 3 - 3 Bristol C Sam Baldock slots the ball right footed into the goal. Coventry 3-3 Bristol City.

72:34

Clearance by Marlon Pack.

72:28

Corner taken by John Fleck from the right by-line.

71:24

Free kick taken by Frank Fielding.

71:17

The referee blows for offside.

71:01

Conor Thomas restarts play with the free kick.

70:48

Liam Fontaine gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Conor Thomas.

66:29

Jordan Clarke concedes a free kick for a foul on Marlon Pack.

66:22

Corner taken by Billy Daniels from the left by-line.

65:25

Andy Webster restarts play with the free kick.

64:37

The assistant referee flags for offside against Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.

63:40

Chance falls to Jay Emmanuel-Thomas who heads at goal.

63:20

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas restarts play with the free kick.

63:00

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas fouled by John Fleck, the ref awards a free kick.

61:46

The assist for the goal came from Marlon Pack.

61:46 Goal scored

Goal! - Jay Emmanuel-Thomas - Coventry 3 - 2 Bristol C Jay Emmanuel-Thomas scores with their left foot. Coventry 3-2 Bristol City.

61:35

Marlon Pack takes the free kick.

60:50 Booking

Booking

60:50

Conor Thomas booked for unsporting behaviour.

60:38

Conor Thomas concedes a free kick for a foul on Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.

60:02

Blair Adams takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Frank Fielding safely holds on.

59:16

Free kick taken by Marlon Pack.

59:04

Free kick awarded for a foul by Leon Clarke on Marlon Pack.

58:01

The ball is crossed by Cyrus Christie.

56:45

Shot by John Fleck went wide of the left-hand upright.

55:26

Callum Wilson takes a shot. Frank Fielding catches the ball.

54:24

Marvin Elliott provided the assist for the goal.

54:24 Goal scored

Goal! - Sam Baldock - Coventry 3 - 1 Bristol C Sam Baldock finds the net. Coventry 3-1 Bristol City.

51:56

Free kick taken by Cyrus Christie.

51:39 Booking

Booking

51:39

Caution for Derrick Williams.

51:29

Free kick awarded for a foul by Derrick Williams on Billy Daniels.

49:20

Free kick taken by Jordan Clarke.

48:58

Sam Baldock challenges Jordan Clarke unfairly and gives away a free kick.

48:24

Leon Clarke has a direct shot on goal from the free kick which goes over the bar.

47:45 Booking

Booking

47:45

Aden Flint is cautioned.

47:36

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Franck Moussa by Aden Flint.

46:31

Joe Murphy takes the free kick.

46:13

The official flags Greg Cunningham offside.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Derrick Williams joins the action as a substitute, replacing Scott Wagstaff.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Neil Kilkenny goes off and Ryan Taylor comes on.

45:00 +2:38 Half time

Half Time The first half comes to an end.

45:00 +2:29

Corner from the left by-line taken by Neil Kilkenny.

45:00 +1:46

Frank Fielding takes the free kick.

45:00 +1:29

Greg Cunningham fouled by Callum Wilson, the ref awards a free kick.

45:00 +0:23

Assist by Franck Moussa.

45:00 +0:23 Goal scored

Goal! - Billy Daniels - Coventry 3 - 0 Bristol C Billy Daniels scores with a header. Coventry 3-0 Bristol City.

44:10

Free kick taken by Joe Murphy.

43:56

Marvin Elliott gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jordan Clarke.

43:11

Sam Baldock takes a shot. Blocked by Joe Murphy.

42:02

The assist for the goal came from John Fleck.

42:02 Goal scored

Goal! - Callum Wilson - Coventry 2 - 0 Bristol C Callum Wilson scores with a right foot finish. Coventry 2-0 Bristol City.

40:54

Free kick taken by Joe Murphy.

40:40

Greg Cunningham is flagged offside by the assistant referee.

38:12

Blair Adams crosses the ball.

37:28

Shot by Leon Clarke. Frank Fielding safely holds on.

37:05

Frank Fielding restarts play with the free kick.

36:39

The referee blows for offside.

36:22

Aden Flint manages to make a clearance.

36:03

Leon Clarke has a headed effort at goal.

35:49

The ball is delivered by Cyrus Christie.

34:48

Cyrus Christie has a direct shot on goal from the free kick. Marlon Pack gets a block in.

33:55

Marlon Pack goes into the book.

33:55 Booking

Booking

33:52

Marlon Pack challenges Leon Clarke unfairly and gives away a free kick.

33:09

The ball is crossed by Callum Wilson.

32:16

Greg Cunningham restarts play with the free kick.

32:01

Callum Wilson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Greg Cunningham.

31:10

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas decides to take a short corner.

30:14

Free kick taken by Conor Thomas.

30:00

Greg Cunningham challenges Leon Clarke unfairly and gives away a free kick.

29:05

Header at goal by Leon Clarke misses to the right.

29:03

Blair Adams sends in a cross.

28:30

Andy Webster restarts play with the free kick.

28:17

Sam Baldock is caught offside.

26:46 Goal scored

Goal! - Leon Clarke - Coventry 1 - 0 Bristol C Penalty taken right-footed by Leon Clarke and scored. Coventry 1-0 Bristol City.

26:27

Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on Callum Wilson by Aden Flint.

26:05

Franck Moussa restarts play with the free kick.

25:40

Free kick awarded for a foul by Neil Kilkenny on Franck Moussa.

24:54

Joe Murphy takes the free kick.

24:34

The referee blows for offside against Sam Baldock.

24:26

Greg Cunningham crosses the ball in from the free kick.

24:06

Free kick awarded for a foul by Billy Daniels on Marvin Elliott.

22:22

Callum Wilson takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Frank Fielding catches the ball.

21:31

Free kick taken by Franck Moussa.

20:46

Brendan Moloney receives a yellow card.

20:46 Booking

Booking

20:37

The referee gives a free kick against Brendan Moloney for handball.

19:26

Conor Thomas takes a shot. Frank Fielding safely holds on.

18:49

Callum Wilson has an effort at goal. Frank Fielding safely holds on.

18:05

Billy Daniels has an effort at goal.

17:31

Shot by Sam Baldock went over the net.

17:07

Clearance by Andy Webster.

16:55

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas crosses the ball in from the free kick.

16:06

Free kick awarded for a foul by Cyrus Christie on Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.

14:00

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas takes a shot. Andy Webster gets a block in.

13:44

The ball is crossed by Neil Kilkenny.

12:30

Frank Fielding restarts play with the free kick.

12:14

Billy Daniels challenges Greg Cunningham unfairly and gives away a free kick.

11:25

Conor Thomas takes a shot.

10:18

Shot by Franck Moussa went wide left of the goal.

10:02

Greg Cunningham takes the free kick.

9:42

Free kick awarded for a foul by Cyrus Christie on Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.

8:03

Liam Fontaine takes the free kick.

7:48

The referee blows for offside against Leon Clarke.

6:44

Shot by Aden Flint. Blocked by Jordan Clarke.

5:00

Corner taken by Billy Daniels.

4:19

Greg Cunningham crosses the ball in from the free kick.

3:58

Franck Moussa gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott Wagstaff.

3:33

Corner taken by Scott Wagstaff.

2:52

Clearance made by Brendan Moloney.

1:09

The ball is delivered by Blair Adams.

0:00

The match has kicked off.

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