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Coventry City 2-1 Gillingham

League One bottom club Coventry City secured their first win in 16 league games with two first-half goals in the space of five minutes at home to Gillingham.

Kwame Thomas opened the scoring from close range in the 16th minute after finishing off a neat move between Ryan Haynes, Callum Reilly and Marcus Tudgay.

Russell Slade's men then doubled their lead five minutes later when George Thomas intercepted Andy Rose's shot six yards from goal and slotted past Gillingham goalkeeper Stuart Nelson.

Coventry could have increased their lead further by half-time. Marcus Tudgay heading just wide in the 23rd minute, while George Thomas' 35th-minute shot was blocked by Nelson.

Gillingham pulled a goal back in the 55th minute through captain Max Ehmer, who slotted home at the far post after Coventry had failed to clear a corner.

The Sky Blues then had substitute goalkeeper Reice Charles-Cook to thank for keeping them in front.

Having replaced the injured Lee Burge early in the second half, Charles-Cook made a superb one-handed save from Bradley Dack's 65th-minute header

Both sides had chances to score more, but EFL Trophy finalists Coventry held on to close the gap to nine points from safety, while Gillingham slip to 18th in the table, a point clear of trouble.

Report supplied by the Press Association

Line-ups

Coventry

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1BurgeSubstituted forCharles-Cookat 45'minutes
  • 30Kelly-Evans
  • 7Clarke
  • 4Turnbull
  • 24Haynes
  • 21Foley
  • 27ThomasSubstituted forJonesat 66'minutes
  • 6Rose
  • 12Reilly
  • 14ThomasSubstituted forAiyegbeniat 70'minutes
  • 20Tudgay

Substitutes

  • 5Bigirimana
  • 8Lameiras
  • 10Jones
  • 11Reid
  • 19Rawson
  • 22Aiyegbeni
  • 23Charles-Cook

Gillingham

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Nelson
  • 2Jackson
  • 4HerdBooked at 53minsSubstituted forGarmstonat 68'minutesBooked at 88mins
  • 5Ehmer
  • 6OshilajaBooked at 19mins
  • 33ByrneBooked at 51mins
  • 44Wright
  • 23Dack
  • 9Donnelly
  • 10McDonaldSubstituted forParkerat 45'minutes
  • 50Emmanuel-ThomasSubstituted forMartinat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Garmston
  • 8Hessenthaler
  • 14Martin
  • 16Osadebe
  • 19Parker
  • 21List
  • 30Holy
Referee:
Michael Salisbury
Attendance:
8,718

Match Stats

Home TeamCoventryAway TeamGillingham
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home9
Away15
Shots on Target
Home5
Away7
Corners
Home2
Away7
Fouls
Home7
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Coventry City 2, Gillingham 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Coventry City 2, Gillingham 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Callum Reilly (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Bradley Dack (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Max Ehmer (Gillingham) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Marcus Tudgay.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Marcus Tudgay.

  8. Booking

    Bradley Garmston (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Bradley Garmston (Gillingham).

  10. Post update

    Jodi Jones (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Max Ehmer (Gillingham).

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lee Martin (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Reice Charles-Cook.

  15. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jodi Jones (Coventry City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Josh Wright (Gillingham).

  17. Post update

    Andy Rose (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Yakubu (Coventry City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Callum Reilly (Coventry City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Mark Byrne (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd33198659352465
2Scunthorpe32179658332560
3Bolton31177744251958
4Fleetwood331610747321558
5Bradford331216542311152
6Southend32131184739850
7Millwall3114894740750
8Rochdale31146114440448
9Peterborough32138114541447
10Bristol Rovers331210115052-246
11Walsall33111394143-246
12Oxford Utd30127113733443
13Charlton3191574033742
14Northampton33117155054-440
15Wimbledon31912104141039
16MK Dons32109134040039
17Shrewsbury33108153445-1138
18Gillingham32811134050-1035
19Oldham33811142133-1235
20Bury3397175061-1134
21Port Vale31810133349-1634
22Swindon3379172947-1830
23Chesterfield3276193152-2127
24Coventry32510172849-2125
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