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Coventry City 1-2 Scunthorpe United

Tom Hopper scored Scunthorpe's ninth-minute opener against Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena
Tom Hopper's ninth-minute opener was his third in successive starts for the Iron

Coventry City's League One promotion hopes took another severe jolt as they suffered their third straight loss at home to managerless Scunthorpe United.

Tom Hopper latched onto a loose ball in the box to hammer home from 10 yards for the opener on nine minutes.

Murray Wallace then headed a 61st-minute second into the bottom corner.

Adam Armstrong's late penalty gave City hope after James Maddison was brought down, but the home side then had Romain Vincelot sent off in injury time.

After starting with last week's 3-0 win over Colchester, that makes it back-to-back victories for the Iron under joint caretaker managers Nick Daws and Andy Dawson, appointed following the sacking of former Coventry boss Mark Robins on 18 January.

The visitors could have had more in a first half littered with errors, Paddy Madden blasting wide after being given a clean run through after Peter Ramage's slip, while Luke Williams' curling effort hit the crossbar after Stephen Hunt's mishit.

Since winning 5-0 at Crewe on 2 January, Coventry have suffered an awful month, picking up just one point out of a possible 12, to fall nine behind leaders Burton Albion and six adrift of second-placed Gillingham, both of whom also lost.

Sky Blues boss Tony Mowbray told BBC Coventry & Warwickshire:

"I can't find words or excuses for the team. We need to show a lot more than that. The second half was better, but it wasn't to be and it was too little, too late at the end there.

"We've just had a good talk in there. We need to stick together and come back next week. But words are cheap. We need to do it on the grass. We've got to find a way of winning a football match pretty quickly."

Scunthorpe United caretaker manager Andy Dawson told BBC Radio Humberside:

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"It was a great display. Coming to Coventry away, a massive team in this league with excellent front four players. It's a massive result for us and there are loads of positives to take from the game. Overall, a great day for us.

"In the first half we had a plan of what we wanted and what we tried to do, and I think we executed it fantastically. The only really disappointing thing was that we didn't go in maybe a goal or more in front.

"The lads listened to exactly what we tried to do, what we wanted and executed it perfectly."

Line-ups

Coventry

  • 23Charles-Cook
  • 12LorentzsonSubstituted forPhillipsat 78'minutes
  • 18Ricketts
  • 22Ramage
  • 3Stokes
  • 4VincelotBooked at 88mins
  • 19BigirimanaSubstituted forO'Brienat 45'minutes
  • 42HuntSubstituted forRoseat 45'minutes
  • 10Maddison
  • 25Murphy
  • 9Armstrong

Substitutes

  • 1Burge
  • 8Lameiras
  • 11O'Brien
  • 16Rose
  • 17Phillips
  • 26Haynes
  • 32Fortuné

Scunthorpe

  • 1Daniels
  • 2Wiseman
  • 5Mirfin
  • 23Wallace
  • 17Townsend
  • 12Bishop
  • 15DawsonSubstituted forKingat 82'minutes
  • 7WilliamsSubstituted forClarkeat 90'minutes
  • 26Ness
  • 9Madden
  • 22HopperSubstituted forMcSheffreyat 72'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 3Laird
  • 11Henderson
  • 13Anyon
  • 18King
  • 28McSheffrey
  • 29Wootton
  • 33Clarke
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
11,138

Match Stats

Home TeamCoventryAway TeamScunthorpe
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home18
Away13
Shots on Target
Home8
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Coventry City 1, Scunthorpe United 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Coventry City 1, Scunthorpe United 2.

Peter Ramage (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jamie Ness (Scunthorpe United).

Booking

Gary McSheffrey (Scunthorpe United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Andy Rose (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Gary McSheffrey (Scunthorpe United).

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

Foul by Neal Bishop (Scunthorpe United).

Foul by Jim O'Brien (Coventry City).

Neal Bishop (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Jordan Clarke replaces Luke Williams.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Romain Vincelot (Coventry City) for a bad foul.

Foul by Romain Vincelot (Coventry City).

Jamie Ness (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Coventry City 1, Scunthorpe United 2. Adam Armstrong (Coventry City) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty Coventry City. James Maddison draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Jamie Ness (Scunthorpe United) after a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt saved. Aaron Phillips (Coventry City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. James Maddison (Coventry City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Jack King replaces Stephen Dawson.

Jacob Murphy (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Scott Wiseman (Scunthorpe United).

Attempt missed. Romain Vincelot (Coventry City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Aaron Phillips replaces Martin Lorentzson.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Luke Daniels.

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

Booking

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

Foul by Romain Vincelot (Coventry City).

Luke Williams (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Paddy Madden (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Martin Lorentzson (Coventry City).

Gary McSheffrey (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Gary McSheffrey replaces Tom Hopper.

Attempt missed. Jacob Murphy (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Sam Ricketts (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Stephen Dawson (Scunthorpe United).

Attempt missed. Adam Armstrong (Coventry City) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt missed. Luke Williams (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the right.

Goal!

Goal! Coventry City 0, Scunthorpe United 2. Murray Wallace (Scunthorpe United) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jamie Ness following a corner.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burton28183737231457
2Gillingham29166755361954
3Walsall27158445261953
4Wigan291410548291952
5Coventry29139748321648
6Millwall28135104438644
7Sheff Utd2811984539642
8Peterborough281251153411241
9Southend2711883634241
10Bradford2711882829-141
11Port Vale29117113335-240
12Barnsley28123134542339
13Scunthorpe28115123337-438
14Rochdale27107103737037
15Bury27107103640-437
16Doncaster2899103437-336
17Swindon28105134246-435
18Blackpool2996142835-733
19Chesterfield2893163848-1030
20Shrewsbury2885153347-1429
21Fleetwood2777133437-328
22Oldham27412112740-1324
23Crewe2858152850-2223
24Colchester2857163665-2922
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