Dan Seaborne's first Coventry City goal eased their League One relegation fears as they beat bottom side Stevenage.

The visitors went close twice in the first half, Francois Zoko's header hitting the post before Luke Freeman's effort was cleared off the line.

But, on 67 minutes, Seaborne met a John Fleck corner to head home the winner.

  • Coventry defender Dan Seaborne not only hit the winner, but helped his side keep only their second clean sheet since November.
  • Stevenage have now suffered back-to-back losses, after going six games without defeat,

Stevenage keeper Steve Arnold then saved Callum Wilson's penalty after Bira Dembele handled, City's Joe Murphy ensuring victory with a late save.

Murphy once again came to Coventry's rescue with a brilliant reflex save, tipping Zoko's fierce goalbound shot onto the bar.

Coventry climb six points clear of the relegation places, while Stevenage remain at the foot of the table, but only two points from safety.

Coventry's latest loan capture Nathan Eccleston had an 18-minute run on his debut as a late substitute, just hours after joining the Sky Blues from Blackpool.

Victory came at a cost, midfielder Fleck picking up his 10th booking of the season for a foul on Curtis Obeng, to earn an automatic two-match ban.

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Coventry City

  • 01 Murphy
  • 19 Willis
  • 03 Adams
  • 27 Robinson
  • 04 Webster
  • 15 Seaborne
  • 24 Clarke
  • 07 Fleck Booked
  • 20 Wilson
  • 10 Delfouneso (Eccleston - 78' )
  • 14 Moussa (Thomas - 88' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Christie
  • 06 Thomas
  • 08 Baker
  • 09 Eccleston
  • 13 Burge
  • 26 Marshall
  • 31 Haynes

Stevenage

  • 01 Arnold
  • 22 Obeng
  • 24 Doughty Booked
  • 08 Mousinho
  • 05 Ashton (Morais - 83' )
  • 04 Dembele
  • 15 Freeman
  • 20 Smith
  • 12 Zoko
  • 10 Burrow (Charles - 75' )
  • 11 Akins (Reid - 83' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Wedgbury
  • 07 Morais
  • 09 Charles
  • 16 Day
  • 23 Reid
  • 29 Hartley
  • 33 Henderson
Ref: Tim Robinson
Att: 1,697

Match Stats

Shots

9 11

On target

3 2

Corners

5 6

Fouls

12 6

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Coventry City 1, Stevenage 0.

90:00 +6:24 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Coventry City 1, Stevenage 0.

90:00 +5:08

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Joe Murphy.

90:00 +4:34

John Mousinho (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +4:34

Foul by John Fleck (Coventry City).

90:00 +1:46

Attempt saved. Callum Wilson (Coventry City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

90:00 +1:18 Booking

Booking Michael Doughty (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +1:11

Foul by Michael Doughty (Stevenage).

90:00 +1:11

Conor Thomas (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +0:23

Attempt blocked. Craig Reid (Stevenage) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

88:27

Luke Freeman (Stevenage) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the left side of the box.

87:51

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Blair Adams.

87:16 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Coventry City. Conor Thomas replaces Franck Moussa.

85:56

Penalty saved! Callum Wilson (Coventry City) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the centre of the goal.

85:20

Penalty conceded by Bira Dembele (Stevenage) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

83:28

Luke Freeman (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:28

Foul by Nathan Eccleston (Coventry City).

82:41 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stevenage. Craig Reid replaces Lucas Akins.

82:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stevenage. Filipe Morais replaces Jon Ashton.

81:04

Attempt saved. Curtis Obeng (Stevenage) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

80:36

Attempt blocked. Jimmy Smith (Stevenage) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

78:51

Attempt blocked. Franck Moussa (Coventry City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

77:41 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Coventry City. Nathan Eccleston replaces Nathan Delfouneso.

76:15

Jon Ashton (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the right wing.

76:15

Foul by Nathan Delfouneso (Coventry City).

74:24 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stevenage. Darius Charles replaces Jordan Burrow.

70:53

Foul by Michael Doughty (Stevenage).

70:53

John Fleck (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

68:21

Attempt missed. Michael Doughty (Stevenage) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

66:54 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Coventry City 1, Stevenage 0. Daniel Seaborne (Coventry City) header from the right side of the six yard box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by John Fleck following a corner.

65:00

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Luke Freeman.

63:50

Attempt saved. Jordan Burrow (Stevenage) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

61:00

Attempt missed. Callum Wilson (Coventry City) header from the right side of the six yard box is high and wide to the right.

57:58

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Daniel Seaborne.

57:38

Attempt blocked. Luke Freeman (Stevenage) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

56:22 Booking

Booking John Fleck (Coventry City) is shown the yellow card.

56:09

Curtis Obeng (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the right wing.

56:09

Foul by John Fleck (Coventry City).

50:08

Jimmy Smith (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

50:08

Foul by Franck Moussa (Coventry City).

48:18

Attempt missed. Lucas Akins (Stevenage) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

45:00

Second Half begins Coventry City 0, Stevenage 0.

45:00 +1:02 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Coventry City 0, Stevenage 0.

45:00 +0:26

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Anton Robinson.

44:52

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Jordan Willis.

39:15

Francois Zoko (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the right wing.

39:15

Foul by Anton Robinson (Coventry City).

38:30

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Michael Doughty.

36:09

Attempt blocked. Nathan Delfouneso (Coventry City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

32:23

Curtis Obeng (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the right wing.

32:23

Foul by Franck Moussa (Coventry City).

30:15

Foul by Andy Webster (Coventry City).

30:15

Jordan Burrow (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:23

Attempt missed. Curtis Obeng (Stevenage) left footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

26:37

John Fleck (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

26:37

Foul by Jimmy Smith (Stevenage).

22:26

Attempt blocked. Michael Doughty (Stevenage) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

18:43

Andy Webster (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

18:43

Foul by Jordan Burrow (Stevenage).

18:07

Attempt blocked. John Fleck (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

17:16

Foul by Michael Doughty (Stevenage).

17:16

Callum Wilson (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:13

John Mousinho (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

14:13

Foul by Andy Webster (Coventry City).

13:26

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Bira Dembele.

13:01

Attempt blocked. Callum Wilson (Coventry City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

12:11

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Michael Doughty.

11:00

Attempt blocked. Callum Wilson (Coventry City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

9:54

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by John Mousinho.

9:02

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Andy Webster.

8:02

Lucas Akins (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the right wing.

8:02

Foul by Andy Webster (Coventry City).

4:36

Jimmy Smith (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

4:36

Foul by Franck Moussa (Coventry City).

3:38

Francois Zoko (Stevenage) hits the right post with a header from the centre of the box.

2:43

Curtis Obeng (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the right wing.

2:43

Foul by Franck Moussa (Coventry City).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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