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Coventry City 1-2 West Bromwich Albion: Baggies win to end bad run

By Ged ScottBBC Sport
Karlan Grant's ninth away goal of the season set West Bromwich Albion on the way to their 10th victory
Karlan Grant's ninth away goal of the season set West Bromwich Albion on the way to their 10th victory

West Bromwich Albion struck two first-half goals as they ended a worrying winless four-game run with victory over Coventry City.

On a day when the home fans, in a season's second best crowd of 23,755, were there to commemorate former Sky Blues boss John Sillett, Albion spoiled the wake.

In five visits now to this stadium, they have not lost - and Albion's latest win was enough to lift them back up to third, ahead of QPR's home game with Stoke City on Sunday.

Coventry-Albion: As it happened

Albion were ahead on 20 minutes with their first goal since 6 November, having failed to score in their previous three games.

Callum Robinson's slick slide-rule right-foot pass opened up the Sky Blues defence with worrying ease - and Karlan Grant ran to drill a low right-foot shot past Simon Moore.

If that was a nice move, the second two minutes before half-time was a controversial video nasty for City

Darnell Furlong's dangerous low right-foot cross flicked up off the covering Matt Godden, hit Cedric Kipre in the arm and deflected over the line off defender Kyle McFadzean - the sort of goal that would have been automatically chalked off if VAR was used in the EFL.

Luckless home skipper McFadzean made amends seven minutes from time when his bullet header from Todd Kane's left-wing corner pulled one back.

Kyle McFadzean's third goal of the season gave Coventry City late hope - but in vain
Kyle McFadzean's third goal of the season gave Coventry City late hope - but in vain

But, although City are kings of the injury-time goal this season with five coming in or after the 90th minute so far, Mark Robins' men did not have the final word this time.

Coventry at least found the back of the net against Albion for the first time in five home meetings since moving to the stadium formerly known as the Ricoh Arena - and now called the Coventry Building Society - in 2005.

It was the Sky Blues' first home goal against the Baggies since an 89th minute winner for on-loan Spurs winger Johnnie Jackson in a 1-0 victory at Highfield Road in December 2003.

But, after making their home such a fortress in early season following their summer return to Coventry, they have now won just once in their last five home games.

And, since beating Fulham 4-1 here two months ago, they have won just twice and picked up just 11 points out of a possible 30.

Coventry City assistant manager Adi Viveash got involved at the final whistle to tackle an unwanted pitch invader
Sky Blues assistant manager Adi Viveash got involved at the final whistle to tackle a pitch invader at the Coventry Building Society Arena

Remembering John Sillett

Coventry City remembered one of their favourite sons, as pre-match tributes were paid to Sky Blues legend John Sillett, who this week passed away at the age of 85.

Former Sky Blues player Sillett was, with George Curtis, joint-manager of City when they shocked Tottenham Hotspur to win the FA Cup in 1987, the greatest day in the club's history.

Sillett's passing came just five months after Curtis' death this summer, at the age of 82.

34 years on from the club's greatest day, Coventry City's current players led the pre-match minute's applause for former Sky Blues boss John Sillett
34 years on from the club's greatest day, Coventry City's current players led the pre-match minute's applause for former Sky Blues boss John Sillett
Tributes were paid all round the ground for the vastly popular Coventry City legend
Tributes were paid all round the ground for the vastly popular Coventry City legend

Sky Blues boss Mark Robins told BBC CWR:

"We were poor. We looked leggy and our pass execution was as poor as it's been all season. We didn't give ourselves a chance,

"The first half looked like it might have been a rout .We were better second half and won it 1-0 but that means nothing.

"In terms of the physicality of the team, it was a mismatch. We didn't have any structure, and gave them too much space. Furlong caused us major problems.

"He's obviously punched it in the net for the second goal, the ref's not seen it and we've not appealed for it, which is disappointing."

Albion boss Valerien Ismael told BBC Radio WM:

"We are back on track. It is a great feeling to win again.

"It is not an easy place to come and win. They have played well here so far.

"The tried to try and match our intensity and we were too strong.

"We scored a goal that is in our DNA. Pressing, winning the ball and then releasing the pass."

Line-ups

Coventry

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 1Moore
  • 23Dabo
  • 5McFadzean
  • 4Rose
  • 20Kane
  • 38HamerSubstituted forKellyat 40'minutes
  • 14Sheaf
  • 18MaatsenSubstituted forHyamat 45'minutes
  • 10O'HareSubstituted forWalkerat 77'minutes
  • 24Godden
  • 17Gyökeres

Substitutes

  • 6Kelly
  • 7Jones
  • 8Allen
  • 13Wilson
  • 15Hyam
  • 19Walker
  • 26Shipley

West Brom

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 1JohnstoneBooked at 66mins
  • 21KipréBooked at 74mins
  • 5Bartley
  • 16Clarke
  • 2Furlong
  • 29Gardner-HickmanSubstituted forAjayiat 86'minutes
  • 27MowattBooked at 35mins
  • 3Townsend
  • 11DianganaSubstituted forHugillat 55'minutes
  • 18Grant
  • 7RobinsonSubstituted forReachat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Ajayi
  • 17Hugill
  • 20Reach
  • 25Button
  • 28Tulloch
  • 33Taylor
  • 41Fellows
Referee:
Keith Stroud
Attendance:
23,755

Match Stats

Home TeamCoventryAway TeamWest Brom
Possession
Home65%
Away35%
Shots
Home12
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away2
Fouls
Home7
Away17

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Coventry City 1, West Bromwich Albion 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Coventry City 1, West Bromwich Albion 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Viktor Gyökeres (Coventry City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Dominic Hyam.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Darnell Furlong (West Bromwich Albion).

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Todd Kane (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  7. Post update

    Viktor Gyökeres (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Adam Reach (West Bromwich Albion).

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Hugill (West Bromwich Albion).

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Semi Ajayi replaces Taylor Gardner-Hickman.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Viktor Gyökeres (Coventry City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Liam Kelly.

  13. Goal!

    Goal! Coventry City 1, West Bromwich Albion 2. Kyle McFadzean (Coventry City) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Todd Kane with a cross following a corner.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Jordan Hugill.

  15. Post update

    Ben Sheaf (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Taylor Gardner-Hickman (West Bromwich Albion).

  17. Post update

    Offside, Coventry City. Fankaty Dabo tries a through ball, but Todd Kane is caught offside.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Taylor Gardner-Hickman.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Fankaty Dabo (Coventry City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Matt Godden.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ben Sheaf (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Viktor Gyökeres.

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