Coventry City earned victory in their first home league game of the season against Sheffield United, courtesy of a Jim O'Brien header.

The Blades almost took an early lead through Michael Higdon but his header was parried away by Ryan Allsop.

Danny Swanson then nearly put the hosts in front just before the break but was denied by a diving Mark Howard save.

The Sky Blues took all three points late on when Ryan Haynes' cross was met by O'Brien who headed from close range.

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough:

"First half an hour we were very good indeed but I don't know what happened in the last hour. It went as good as it could in the first 30 minutes and then went as poor as it could in the last 60.

"I don't think there were many chances in the whole game, certainly we didn't create many.

"We're nowhere as near a settled side."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Coventry City

  • 23 Allsop
  • 24 Clarke
  • 26 Haynes
  • 05 Johnson
  • 04 Webster
  • 02 Willis
  • 07 Fleck (Thomas - 84' )
  • 11 O'Brien
  • 20 Tudgay
  • 09 McQuoid (Miller - 63' )
  • 10 Swanson (Daniels - 75' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Burge
  • 06 Thomas
  • 14 Coulibaly
  • 15 Miller
  • 17 Daniels
  • 18 Phillips
  • 27 Finch

Sheffield United

  • 01 Howard
  • 16 Davies
  • 03 Harris Booked
  • 06 Basham Booked
  • 02 Alcock
  • 17 McGahey
  • 10 Scougall (Baxter - 61' )
  • 22 Reed (Doyle - 71' )
  • 21 Higdon
  • 09 Murphy
  • 07 Flynn (McEveley - 61' )

Substitutes

  • 08 Doyle
  • 11 Baxter
  • 12 McNulty
  • 15 Collins
  • 19 McEveley
  • 20 Campbell-Ryce
  • 24 Turner
Ref: Graham Scott
Att: 2,279

Match Stats

Shots

11 4

On target

5 1

Corners

3 2

Fouls

15 14

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Coventry City 1, Sheffield United 0.

90:00 +4:37 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Coventry City 1, Sheffield United 0.

90:00 +1:32

Foul by Conor Thomas (Coventry City).

90:00 +1:32

Ben Davies (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +0:36

Foul by Shaun Miller (Coventry City).

90:00 +0:36

Jay McEveley (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

87:51

Foul by Jim O'Brien (Coventry City).

87:51

Robert Harris (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85:08

Attempt blocked. Robert Harris (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

84:22

Foul by Andy Webster (Coventry City).

84:22

Michael Higdon (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

83:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Coventry City. Conor Thomas replaces John Fleck.

80:09

Foul by Reda Johnson (Coventry City).

80:09

Ben Davies (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

79:43

Foul by Andy Webster (Coventry City).

79:43

Michael Doyle (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

79:24

Shaun Miller (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

79:24

Foul by Michael Doyle (Sheffield United).

77:07 Goal scored

Goal! Own Goal by Robert Harris, Sheffield United. Coventry City 1, Sheffield United 0.

77:06

Attempt blocked. Jim O'Brien (Coventry City) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

75:22

Foul by Shaun Miller (Coventry City).

75:22

Ben Davies (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

74:32 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Coventry City. Billy Daniels replaces Danny Swanson.

74:16

Foul by Harrison McGahey (Sheffield United).

74:16

Marcus Tudgay (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:49

Attempt missed. Jose Baxter (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

72:06

Attempt saved. Jordan Clarke (Coventry City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

70:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield United. Michael Doyle replaces Louis Reed.

70:24

Attempt missed. Marcus Tudgay (Coventry City) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses the top left corner.

65:00

Attempt saved. Jim O'Brien (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

64:09 Booking

Booking Robert Harris (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card.

64:00

Shaun Miller (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

63:56

Foul by Robert Harris (Sheffield United).

63:04

Attempt missed. Danny Swanson (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

62:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Coventry City. Shaun Miller replaces Josh McQuoid.

60:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield United. Jose Baxter replaces Stefan Scougall.

60:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield United. Jay McEveley replaces Ryan Flynn.

60:23

Foul by Ryan Haynes (Coventry City).

60:23

Jamie Murphy (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

58:17

Foul by Chris Basham (Sheffield United).

58:17

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

49:05

Attempt missed. Jim O'Brien (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

48:29

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Ryan Flynn.

47:49

Ryan Haynes (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:49

Foul by Ben Davies (Sheffield United).

45:24

Foul by Craig Alcock (Sheffield United).

45:24

Marcus Tudgay (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00

Second Half begins Coventry City 0, Sheffield United 0.

45:00 +1:23 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Coventry City 0, Sheffield United 0.

44:16

Robert Harris (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

44:16

Foul by Jordan Clarke (Coventry City).

41:33

Foul by Ryan Flynn (Sheffield United).

41:33

Jordan Clarke (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

40:50

Attempt missed. Jordan Clarke (Coventry City) header from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left.

38:21

Foul by Ryan Flynn (Sheffield United).

38:21

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

37:52

Harrison McGahey (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

37:52

Foul by Reda Johnson (Coventry City).

37:26

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Louis Reed.

36:46

Attempt saved. Reda Johnson (Coventry City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

36:21

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Robert Harris.

35:54

Attempt saved. Danny Swanson (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

34:22

Chris Basham (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:22

Foul by Marcus Tudgay (Coventry City).

33:36 Booking

Booking Chris Basham (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card.

33:28

Foul by Chris Basham (Sheffield United).

33:28

Jim O'Brien (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:54

Attempt saved. Jim O'Brien (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

32:07

Foul by Craig Alcock (Sheffield United).

32:07

Marcus Tudgay (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

31:30

Foul by Chris Basham (Sheffield United).

31:30

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

30:15

Hand ball by Louis Reed (Sheffield United).

26:32

Ben Davies (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

26:32

Foul by Danny Swanson (Coventry City).

26:05

Attempt blocked. Jim O'Brien (Coventry City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

25:27

Foul by Chris Basham (Sheffield United).

25:27

Danny Swanson (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:46

Chris Basham (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

24:46

Foul by Marcus Tudgay (Coventry City).

22:18

Hand ball by Michael Higdon (Sheffield United).

19:26

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Reda Johnson.

18:02

Jamie Murphy (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

18:02

Foul by Jordan Willis (Coventry City).

16:06

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Ryan Allsop.

15:38

Attempt saved. Michael Higdon (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

7:03

Attempt blocked. Ben Davies (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

6:06

Michael Higdon (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

6:06

Foul by Reda Johnson (Coventry City).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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