League One
Coventry1Port Vale0

Coventry City 1-0 Port Vale

James Maddison
James Maddison is only in his second season as a professional

Substitute James Maddison's fantastic late strike earned Coventry a hard-fought victory over Port Vale.

The visitors had the best chance of the first half as Ajay Leitch-Smith's drilled shot cannoned off the post.

Sam Foley should have given Vale the lead but he ballooned his shot over the bar from close range.

With the game seemingly heading for a draw, Maddison danced his way past two Vale defenders before unleashing a shot into the net to seal the win.

Coventry remain unbeaten at home in League One this season.

Sky Blues manager Tony Mowbray told BBC Coventry & Warwickshire:

"For the group it was a very important win. I think they knew how important it was, but they started the game like we'd all had too much turkey yesterday.

"It wasn't just me - there was a discussion at half-time to get us going, and the second half was a lot better.

"The points are important. The days when you don't play so well but get the points are always huge. On the second-half display, we deserved to take the three points."

Line-ups

Coventry

  • 23Charles-Cook
  • 17Phillips
  • 21Martin
  • 18Ricketts
  • 3Stokes
  • 4VincelotBooked at 90mins
  • 19Bigirimana
  • 8LameirasSubstituted forMaddisonat 73'minutes
  • 14ColeSubstituted forO'Brienat 73'minutes
  • 25MurphyBooked at 72minsSubstituted forKentat 83'minutes
  • 9Armstrong

Substitutes

  • 1Burge
  • 10Maddison
  • 11O'Brien
  • 20Tudgay
  • 26Haynes
  • 32Fortuné
  • 40Kent

Port Vale

  • 21Alnwick
  • 2PurkissBooked at 79mins
  • 5McGivern
  • 6Duffy
  • 3Dickinson
  • 19MooreSubstituted forBirchallat 73'minutes
  • 8O'Connor
  • 42GrantBooked at 90mins
  • 11FoleySubstituted forIkpeazuat 86'minutes
  • 14Daniel
  • 20Leitch-SmithSubstituted forHooperat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Neal
  • 4Streete
  • 7Birchall
  • 9Ikpeazu
  • 15Hooper
  • 16Yates
  • 18Kelly
Referee:
Robert Lewis
Attendance:
17,779

Match Stats

Home TeamCoventryAway TeamPort Vale
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home9
Away6
Shots on Target
Home2
Away0
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Coventry City 1, Port Vale 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Coventry City 1, Port Vale 0.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Ryan McGivern.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Ryan McGivern.

Attempt saved. Ryan Kent (Coventry City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Booking

Romain Vincelot (Coventry City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Romain Vincelot (Coventry City).

JJ Hooper (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Ryan Kent (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Richard Duffy (Port Vale).

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Ryan Kent.

Foul by Ryan Kent (Coventry City).

Michael O'Connor (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Anthony Grant (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

James Maddison (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Anthony Grant (Port Vale).

Attempt blocked. Colin Daniel (Port Vale) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Uche Ikpeazu replaces Sam Foley.

Attempt blocked. Adam Armstrong (Coventry City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Ryan Kent replaces Jacob Murphy.

Hand ball by Jim O'Brien (Coventry City).

James Maddison (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Carl Dickinson (Port Vale).

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. JJ Hooper replaces A-Jay Leitch-Smith.

Goal!

Goal! Coventry City 1, Port Vale 0. James Maddison (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

Booking

Ben Purkiss (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Jacob Murphy (Coventry City) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

James Maddison (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michael O'Connor (Port Vale).

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Chris Birchall replaces Byron Moore.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. James Maddison replaces Ruben Lameiras.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Jim O'Brien replaces Joe Cole.

Booking

Jacob Murphy (Coventry City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ryan McGivern (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jacob Murphy (Coventry City).

Attempt missed. Byron Moore (Port Vale) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Gael Bigirimana (Coventry City).

Anthony Grant (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Richard Duffy.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Walsall22136338191945
2Burton22143530191145
3Gillingham23135545291644
4Coventry23127440231743
5Peterborough23114849341537
6Wigan22107531201137
7Southend2210753123837
8Bradford219752320334
9Sheff Utd229673430433
10Bury229673334-133
11Millwall229493132-131
12Rochdale228682826230
13Port Vale238692727030
14Scunthorpe2393112629-330
15Swindon2384113338-528
16Doncaster237792632-628
17Blackpool2274111928-925
18Fleetwood2265112931-223
19Shrewsbury2365122834-623
20Chesterfield2372142539-1423
21Barnsley2263132838-1021
22Oldham2131172333-1020
23Crewe2255122237-1520
24Colchester2355133357-2420
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