League One
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Coventry City 1-0 Stevenage

Dan Seaborne

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.

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.

Line-ups

Coventry

  • 1Murphy
  • 19Willis
  • 3Adams
  • 27Robinson
  • 4Webster
  • 15Seaborne
  • 24Clarke
  • 7FleckBooked at 57mins
  • 20C Wilson
  • 10DelfounesoSubstituted forEcclestonat 78'minutes
  • 14MoussaSubstituted forC Thomasat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Christie
  • 6C Thomas
  • 8Baker
  • 9Eccleston
  • 13Burge
  • 26Marshall
  • 31Haynes

Stevenage

  • 1Arnold
  • 22Obeng
  • 24DoughtyBooked at 90mins
  • 8Mousinho
  • 5AshtonSubstituted forMoraisat 83'minutes
  • 4Dembele
  • 15Freeman
  • 20Smith
  • 12Zoko
  • 10BurrowSubstituted forCharlesat 75'minutes
  • 11AkinsSubstituted forReidat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Wedgbury
  • 7Morais
  • 9Charles
  • 16Day
  • 23Reid
  • 29Hartley
  • 33Henderson
Referee:
Tim Robinson
Attendance:
1,697

Match Stats

Home TeamCoventryAway TeamStevenage
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home9
Away11
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home12
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Coventry City 1, Stevenage 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Coventry City 1, Stevenage 0.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Joe Murphy.

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

Foul by John Fleck (Coventry City).

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

Booking

Michael Doughty (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Michael Doughty (Stevenage).

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

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

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

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Blair Adams.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Conor Thomas replaces Franck Moussa.

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

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

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

Foul by Nathan Eccleston (Coventry City).

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Craig Reid replaces Lucas Akins.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Filipe Morais replaces Jon Ashton.

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

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

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

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Nathan Eccleston replaces Nathan Delfouneso.

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

Foul by Nathan Delfouneso (Coventry City).

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Darius Charles replaces Jordan Burrow.

Foul by Michael Doughty (Stevenage).

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

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

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.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Luke Freeman.

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

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

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Daniel Seaborne.

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

Booking

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

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

Foul by John Fleck (Coventry City).

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

Foul by Franck Moussa (Coventry City).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Wolves3825854683
2Brentford3724762779
3Leyton Orient39221073676
4Rotherham38201262772
5Preston39191551772
6Peterborough3818416758
7MK Dons3916716355
8Swindon3915915454
9Walsall39131412353
10Sheff Utd3714914-151
11Port Vale3815518-1350
12Gillingham3914619-1248
13Bristol City39101613046
14Crawley35111311-546
15Bradford38101513145
16Coventry38151013045
17Colchester38101315-743
18Oldham39111018-1243
19Crewe39101019-2740
20Tranmere3810919-2239
21Carlisle3810919-2239
22Shrewsbury3981417-1338
23Notts County3911424-1737
24Stevenage3810721-2037
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