Coventry 1-0 Doncaster

Cyrus Christie

Coventry City brought a happy end to a grim week at the Ricoh Arena as Cyrus Christie's first-half goal beat League One leaders Doncaster Rovers.

John Fleck's crossfield pass picked out the young full-back, who cut in from the right to fire a low, left-foot shot into the bottom corner on 13 minutes.

Home keeper Joe Murphy had to be at his best to keep the scores level.

Murphy turned James Husband's deflected shot round a post before denying David Cotterill either side of half-time.

Rovers' Dean Furman, who also headed over from close-range, hit the post with a 25-yard shot, while Aaron Martin made an incredible goal-line clearance from a late Cotterill effort.

But Christie came as close as anyone to a second, hitting the bar.

With six games left, Brian Flynn's Rovers are now just two points clear of second-placed Bournemouth and Brentford in third.

Coventry are out of contention, having been docked 10 points by the Football League on Friday after going into administration.

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Doncaster manager Brian Flynn told BBC Radio Sheffield:

"The better team led at half-time, that's for certain - they were better than us.

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Rovers 'deserved something' - Flynn

"Midway through the first half we tried to make a tactical change on the field with the players.

"We did at half-time and I think it worked really well tactically and it was literally one way traffic second half.

"The result is a slight kick in the teeth for us - they're the first team to do a double over us, so they deserve some credit - but tactically we were superb second half and had some great chances."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (5)

Coventry

  • 01 Murphy
  • 21 Christie
  • 25 Edjenguele
  • 31 Stewart
  • 35 Martin
  • 08 Baker (Bell - 83' )
  • 10 Fleck (Thomas - 90' )
  • 16 Barton
  • 32 Moussa
  • 38 Bailey
  • 17 Ball (Wilson - 72' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Dunn
  • 02 Clarke
  • 04 Thomas
  • 07 Bell
  • 09 McDonald
  • 11 McSheffrey
  • 20 Wilson

Doncaster

  • 33 Woods
  • 03 Husband (Furman - 46' )
  • 05 Jones
  • 14 Spurr
  • 16 McCombe
  • 19 Griffin
  • 11 Cotterill
  • 12 Lundstram
  • 26 Coppinger
  • 09 Brown
  • 17 Hume (Bennett - 66' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Sullivan
  • 15 Wakefield
  • 20 Harper
  • 35 Furman
  • 08 Paynter
  • 18 Sinclair
  • 23 Bennett

Match Stats

Shots

15 17

On target

9 8

Corners

6 4

Fouls

13 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:46 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +3:09

The official flags Chris Brown offside. Joe Murphy takes the free kick.

90:00 +2:47

Dean Furman takes a shot. Blocked by Aaron Martin.

90:00 +2:06

Free kick awarded for a foul by Callum Wilson on Tommy Spurr. Gary Woods takes the free kick.

90:00 +1:19

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Conor Thomas by Dean Furman. Free kick taken by Joe Murphy.

89:57 Substitution

Substitution Conor Thomas is brought on as a substitute for John Fleck.

88:59

David Cotterill takes a shot. Adam Barton gets a block in. James Coppinger takes a shot. Save by Joe Murphy.

88:37

Andy Griffin sends in a cross, James Bailey manages to make a clearance.

86:52

Corner taken by John Fleck from the left by-line, Rob Jones manages to make a clearance.

86:15

Shot from deep inside the area by David Cotterill goes over the bar.

85:57

Short corner worked by James Coppinger.

85:25

David Cotterill takes a shot. Blocked by Jordan Stewart.

83:48

James Coppinger crosses the ball, Dean Furman has a headed effort from close in and clears the bar.

82:36 Substitution

Substitution Carl Baker leaves the field to be replaced by David Bell.

81:27

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jordan Stewart by Kyle Bennett. Direct free kick taken by Adam Barton.

80:56

The ball is delivered by David Cotterill. Dean Furman takes a shot. Blocked by Aaron Martin.

79:24

James Coppinger sends in a cross.

77:58

David Cotterill takes a shot. Save made by Joe Murphy.

76:19

Franck Moussa concedes a free kick for a foul on Andy Griffin. Andy Griffin restarts play with the free kick.

74:08

Foul by John Lundstram on James Bailey, free kick awarded. William Edjenguele takes the direct free kick.

73:12

Effort from outside the box by Callum Wilson goes wide right of the target.

71:43

Free kick awarded for a foul by Carl Baker on David Cotterill. David Cotterill delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing.

70:36

Direct free kick taken by Tommy Spurr.

70:36 Substitution

Substitution Callum Wilson comes on in place of Callum Ball.

70:36

Dean Furman fouled by James Bailey, the ref awards a free kick.

69:08

Franck Moussa challenges Kyle Bennett unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by David Cotterill, clearance made by Adam Barton.

68:09

John Lundstram has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty area that bounces off the post.

67:17

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jordan Stewart on Andy Griffin. Free kick crossed by David Cotterill, Callum Ball manages to make a clearance.

67:06

The ball is swung over by Kyle Bennett, clearance by William Edjenguele.

66:42

John Fleck handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Andy Griffin.

65:59 Substitution

Substitution Iain Hume goes off and Kyle Bennett comes on.

64:23

James Coppinger gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John Fleck. Direct free kick taken by Joe Murphy.

63:35

Franck Moussa has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

63:11

Corner taken by John Fleck.

63:02

Centre by Callum Ball, blocked by Jamie McCombe.

62:00

The ball is sent over by James Coppinger, Strike from close range by Jamie McCombe clears the bar.

61:21

Foul by Jordan Stewart on Iain Hume, free kick awarded. Andy Griffin restarts play with the free kick.

59:10

The ball is swung over by Tommy Spurr, save made by Joe Murphy.

58:12

Inswinging corner taken by John Fleck from the right by-line played to the near post, Dean Furman makes a clearance.

57:29

John Fleck takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Rob Jones manages to make a clearance.

57:17

Carl Baker delivers the ball, blocked by Tommy Spurr.

56:55

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John Fleck by John Lundstram. John Fleck takes the direct free kick.

56:32

Carl Baker fouled by John Lundstram, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by John Fleck.

56:03

Foul by John Fleck on Iain Hume, free kick awarded. Andy Griffin takes the free kick.

55:32

Cyrus Christie takes a shot. Carl Baker crosses the ball, clearance made by Jamie McCombe.

54:19

The referee blows for offside against Franck Moussa. Jamie McCombe takes the free kick.

52:44

James Bailey concedes a free kick for a foul on Dean Furman. Free kick taken by Gary Woods.

51:53

Shot by Dean Furman from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

49:31

James Coppinger is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Joe Murphy.

49:14

A cross is delivered by Andy Griffin, William Edjenguele gets a block in.

48:45

David Cotterill takes a shot. Joe Murphy makes a save.

46:32

Foul by Carl Baker on David Cotterill, free kick awarded. The ball is swung over by David Cotterill, Chris Brown takes a shot.

45:01

The second half has started.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Dean Furman joins the action as a substitute, replacing James Husband.

45:00 +0:29 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

45:00

Corner taken by David Cotterill, save by Joe Murphy.

44:32

Iain Hume takes a shot. Blocked by William Edjenguele.

42:57

Rob Jones gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Callum Ball. Adam Barton restarts play with the free kick.

42:27

Shot from just outside the box by Adam Barton goes over the bar.

42:21

Centre by Cyrus Christie.

41:44

Foul by Andy Griffin on Franck Moussa, free kick awarded. Jordan Stewart restarts play with the free kick.

40:23

Carl Baker takes a shot. Gary Woods makes a save.

40:06

Floated corner taken by John Fleck from the left by-line, Rob Jones makes a clearance.

39:46

The ball is crossed by Jordan Stewart.

36:22

John Fleck takes a shot. Blocked by James Coppinger.

33:25

David Cotterill takes a shot. Save by Joe Murphy.

31:34

Corner taken by David Cotterill, Chris Brown takes a shot. Save by Joe Murphy.

30:37

Carl Baker has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.

29:22

Callum Ball takes a shot. Blocked by Rob Jones.

28:50

Franck Moussa takes a shot. Save by Gary Woods.

26:30

Franck Moussa concedes a free kick for a foul on Andy Griffin. Andy Griffin restarts play with the free kick.

24:31

Jordan Stewart produces a cross.

23:04

A cross is delivered by Cyrus Christie, Effort from inside the area by Callum Ball misses to the left of the goal.

22:48

The ball is sent over by Cyrus Christie, Tommy Spurr gets a block in.

21:41

Corner taken by David Cotterill from the left by-line played to the near post.

21:26

James Husband takes a shot. Save made by Joe Murphy.

18:29

The ball is crossed by Iain Hume.

17:49

Jordan Stewart produces a cross, Callum Ball takes a shot. Save by Gary Woods.

14:40

Franck Moussa takes a shot. Save by Gary Woods.

12:45

Assist by John Fleck.

12:45 Goal scored

Goal! - Cyrus Christie - Coventry 1 - 0 Doncaster Cyrus Christie fires in a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Coventry 1-0 Doncaster.

11:58

Carl Baker takes a shot. Gary Woods makes a save.

10:55

James Coppinger concedes a free kick for a foul on Franck Moussa. Free kick taken by Carl Baker.

9:32

John Fleck produces a cross, Gary Woods makes a save.

8:26

Callum Ball challenges James Husband unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tommy Spurr restarts play with the free kick.

7:58

Cyrus Christie sends in a cross, clearance made by Andy Griffin.

6:51

The ball is delivered by David Cotterill, save by Joe Murphy.

6:29

Carl Baker takes a shot. Rob Jones gets a block in.

6:09

Iain Hume crosses the ball, Cyrus Christie makes a clearance.

4:44

Corner taken by John Fleck played to the near post, clearance made by Rob Jones. Carl Baker concedes a free kick for a foul on Tommy Spurr. Gary Woods takes the direct free kick.

4:33

The ball is swung over by Callum Ball, blocked by Andy Griffin.

0:00

The match gets underway.

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