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Coventry City 3-2 Sheffield United

Leon Clarke

Leon Clarke's brace helped Coventry City to a win against Sheffield United,

Clarke guided home Blair Adams' deflected cross early on, and Callum Wilson's finish into the top corner put the Sky Blues 2-0 up at the break.

City were in control when Clarke added a third, curling home low inside the box from Franck Moussa's neat lay-off.

However, Lyle Taylor's fierce free-kick and glancing header for the Blades set up a tense finish, but City held out.

Former captain and current under-21 coach Chris Morgan was handed the United reins alongside goalkeeping coach Darren Ward and academy chief Travis Binnion for the trip to Northampton's Sixfields, where opponents City are tenants.

The trio would have been pleased by a second-half fightback when the match seemed lost, although their winless run - now 10 league games - means they are bottom of the League One table after Tranmere's win at Bradford.

From City's perspective the move to Northampton - made by owners SISU - remains unpopular with Coventry supporters who have staged protests outside the ground at 'home' matches.

But their form in such games has been pivotal to their overhauling a 10-point deduction for their holding company being placed in administration.

Four wins from six at their unlikely home have propelled Steven Pressley's side on to 10 points and up to 16th place, a tally that without the deduction would put them among the play-off pack.

Line-ups

Coventry

  • 1Murphy
  • 19WillisBooked at 75minsSubstituted forPhillipsat 77'minutes
  • 3AdamsBooked at 88mins
  • 6Thomas
  • 4WebsterBooked at 38mins
  • 24Clarke
  • 8BakerSubstituted forDanielsat 67'minutes
  • 7Fleck
  • 9Clarke
  • 20Wilson
  • 14MoussaSubstituted forBartonat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Manset
  • 13Burge
  • 16Barton
  • 17Daniels
  • 18Phillips
  • 30Garner
  • 31Haynes

Sheff Utd

  • 25Long
  • 2Westlake
  • 6Hill
  • 17Coady
  • 5MaguireBooked at 45mins
  • 15Collins
  • 7FlynnSubstituted forHallat 73'minutes
  • 8DoyleBooked at 89mins
  • 18KingSubstituted forMcGinnat 57'minutes
  • 11BaxterSubstituted forTaylorat 41'minutes
  • 19Brandy

Substitutes

  • 1Howard
  • 4Hall
  • 10Taylor
  • 14McGinn
  • 22Lappin
  • 23Murphy
  • 24Ironside
Referee:
Kevin Friend
Attendance:
2,078

Match Stats

Home TeamCoventryAway TeamSheff Utd
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home14
Away13
Shots on Target
Home6
Away6
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home15
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Coventry City 3, Sheffield United 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Coventry City 3, Sheffield United 2.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Conor Coady.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Michael Doyle.

Attempt blocked. John Fleck (Coventry City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Leon Clarke.

Attempt blocked. Leon Clarke (Coventry City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Andy Webster with a through ball.

Attempt saved. Stephen McGinn (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ryan Hall with a cross.

Foul by Conor Thomas (Coventry City).

Febian Brandy (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Offside, Coventry City. Leon Clarke tries a through ball, but Callum Wilson is caught offside.

Booking

Michael Doyle (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Michael Doyle (Sheffield United).

Offside, Sheffield United. Darryl Westlake tries a through ball, but Harry Maguire is caught offside.

Booking

Blair Adams (Coventry City) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Adam Barton (Coventry City).

Ryan Hall (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Joe Murphy (Coventry City) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Darryl Westlake (Sheffield United) right footed shot from more than 40 yards on the right wing is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ryan Hall.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Adam Barton replaces Franck Moussa.

Goal!

Goal! Coventry City 3, Sheffield United 2. Lyle Taylor (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ryan Hall with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Aaron Phillips replaces Jordan Willis.

Attempt missed. Conor Coady (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Darryl Westlake with a cross.

Booking

Jordan Willis (Coventry City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jordan Willis (Coventry City).

Febian Brandy (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Leon Clarke (Coventry City).

Stephen McGinn (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield United. Ryan Hall replaces Ryan Flynn.

Billy Daniels (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Conor Coady (Sheffield United).

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

Foul by Harry Maguire (Sheffield United).

Attempt saved. Leon Clarke (Coventry City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by John Fleck.

Attempt missed. Conor Coady (Sheffield United) header from the right side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Stephen McGinn with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Leon Clarke.

Foul by Franck Moussa (Coventry City).

Ryan Flynn (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Leon Clarke (Coventry City).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leyton Orient119202781929
2Peterborough119112381528
3Wolves108112061425
4Bradford116322191221
5Preston115421712519
6Rotherham115421615119
7Swindon115242013717
8MK Dons114431814416
9Crawley104421714316
10Walsall114431211116
11Brentford114341315-215
12Port Vale114251316-314
13Shrewsbury112631213-112
14Colchester112631014-412
15Carlisle103341019-912
16Coventry116232620610
17Gillingham112361319-69
18Crewe112361025-159
19Oldham102261316-38
20Stevenage11227919-108
21Tranmere112271021-118
22Notts County102171319-67
23Bristol City100641521-66
24Sheff Utd11128819-115
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