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Coventry City 1-0 Gillingham

Coventry maintained their unbeaten start to the new season with a battling home victory over Gillingham.

Dominic Hyam's 26th-minute goal proved the difference between the two sides at St Andrew's as the Sky Blues claimed a fine win.

It was Coventry's third league win and stretched their unbeaten start to six games in all competitions.

Scottish defender Hyam tapped home from close range for the hosts on his first start this season, the goal proving enough to frustrate the visiting Gills who remain winless in League One this term.

Hyam was never going to miss for his first goal since September 2018 as he was left unmarked from Zain Westbrooke's corner to poke home.

Coventry forward Matt Godden had a header from a Wesley Jobello's cross brilliantly saved by Gills keeper Jack Bonham, while Westbrooke had a half-volley deflected wide for a corner.

Gillingham striker Alex Jakubiak saw a shot well-saved by Coventry goalkeeper Marko Marosi, before first-half substitute Mikael Ndjoli blasted wide from an acute angle for the Gills.

Ndjoli had a late chance to snatch an equaliser for Steve Evans' men but Marosi pulled off an excellent save to deny him.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Coventry

  • 1Marosi
  • 31McCallum
  • 4Rose
  • 15Hyam
  • 3Mason
  • 25WestbrookeSubstituted forO'Hareat 67'minutes
  • 6Kelly
  • 26Shipley
  • 10JobelloSubstituted forWakefieldat 80'minutes
  • 24GoddenSubstituted forBakayokoat 80'minutes
  • 11Hiwula-Mayifuila

Substitutes

  • 13Wilson
  • 17O'Hare
  • 21Bakayoko
  • 37Williams
  • 38Eccles
  • 41Bapaga
  • 44Wakefield

Gillingham

  • 1Bonham
  • 2Hodson
  • 5Ehmer
  • 6Ogilvie
  • 12FullerBooked at 28mins
  • 18ByrneBooked at 35mins
  • 4O'KeefeSubstituted forListat 63'minutes
  • 14Jones
  • 23Jakubiak
  • 7HanlanSubstituted forMandronat 86'minutes
  • 11Charles-CookSubstituted forNdjoliat 31'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Mandron
  • 10Ndjoli
  • 15List
  • 16Cissé
  • 19Marshall
  • 21Walsh
  • 26Woods
Referee:
Martin Coy
Attendance:
5,624

Match Stats

Home TeamCoventryAway TeamGillingham
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home12
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home12
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Coventry City 1, Gillingham 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Coventry City 1, Gillingham 0.

Attempt saved. Mikael Mandron (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Elliott List with a cross.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Liam Kelly.

Attempt blocked. Alex Jakubiak (Gillingham) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Elliott List.

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

Foul by Max Ehmer (Gillingham).

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Barry Fuller.

Callum O'Hare (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Max Ehmer (Gillingham).

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Mikael Mandron replaces Brandon Hanlan.

Attempt blocked. Connor Ogilvie (Gillingham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alfie Jones.

Foul by Liam Kelly (Coventry City).

Elliott List (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Offside, Coventry City. Marko Marosi tries a through ball, but Amadou Bakayoko is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Charlie Wakefield replaces Wesley Jobello.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Amadou Bakayoko replaces Matt Godden.

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

Foul by Elliott List (Gillingham).

Attempt saved. Mikael Ndjoli (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Foul by Callum O'Hare (Coventry City).

Elliott List (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jordan Shipley (Coventry City).

Mikael Ndjoli (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Matt Godden (Coventry City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Shipley.

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

Foul by Brandon Hanlan (Gillingham).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match (Coventry City).

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Callum O'Hare replaces Zain Westbrooke.

Offside, Gillingham. Jack Bonham tries a through ball, but Mikael Ndjoli is caught offside.

Foul by Liam Kelly (Coventry City).

Alex Jakubiak (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Wesley Jobello (Coventry City).

Alex Jakubiak (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Jordan Shipley (Coventry City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Brandon Mason.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Elliott List replaces Stuart O'Keefe.

Attempt missed. Brandon Hanlan (Gillingham) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Stuart O'Keefe with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Michael Rose.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ipswich5320114711
2Blackpool532094511
3Wycombe5320106411
4Sunderland532095411
5Coventry532073411
6Fleetwood5311106410
7Lincoln City530210469
8Doncaster42207528
9Shrewsbury52214318
10Peterborough52129637
11Burton52126517
12Bristol Rovers52125507
13Rochdale51315506
14Rotherham32013306
15MK Dons420258-36
16Portsmouth41126604
17Oxford Utd5113610-44
18Tranmere41037703
19Gillingham402246-22
20Wimbledon5014510-51
21Accrington401338-51
22Southend5005414-100
23Bolton4013012-12-11
24Bury0000000-12
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