Leon Clarke scored the only goal as Coventry extended Stevenage's winless run to six games in League One.

The Sky Blues created the better chances early on, Connor Thomas coming closest with a deflected shot.

Striker Clarke netted his sixth of the season when he latched on to Robin Shroot's lazy back pass.

The visitors were not troubled until Jon Ashton shot at keeper Joe Murphy late on, but Boro find themselves level on points with bottom side Tranmere.

For Coventry, who started the season on minus 10 points, it was a first win in three games and lifted them up to 18th.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Stevenage Manager Graham Westley told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"This road back from losing ways to winning ways was never going to be an easy one and we've seen a number of performances in recent weeks way below the level. Today there was a lot more about us that I liked.

"The side is going in the right direction. It's an error that's cost us, take the error out and it could have been a different result. In recent weeks as we've played top six sides we've looked miles off the pace, today I thought we looked much closer to it.

"It's important when you're not getting the results that you can see the progress you're making. I think the lads know there is progress being made, that we're not at the level, but it was very much a more Stevenage performance today.

"I said in my programme notes today the club had lost fourteen in seventeen when I arrived, I've lost 11 of the seventeen now that I've been here for. That's a marginal improvement but Rome wasn't built in a day and we're nipping the losing habits in the bud."

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley told BBC Coventry and Warwickshire:

"It was a brilliant team performance from us. Full of energy, full of guts, full of courage. I was really proud of them.

"Coming away from home and winning 1-0 was an exceptional result. This was a pivotal day for us because we've proved today that we can win these kinds of games.

"I'm really pleased for our supporters as well - they were terrific.

"I want us to be an exciting team, but I also want us to be a team who can win in this manner. It's a big moment for us this season, winning this match 1-0.

"We thoroughly deserved it. A very mature performance from a young team. They are a brilliant team of players and they couldn't work harder for this football club.."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Stevenage

  • 16 Day
  • 05 Ashton
  • 34 Deacon Booked
  • 29 Hartley
  • 20 Smith
  • 15 Freeman
  • 24 Doughty
  • 08 Dunne
  • 17 Tansey Booked (Morais - 56' )
  • 32 Shroot (Dani López - 58' )
  • 21 Tounkara (Akins - 68' )

Substitutes

  • 07 Morais
  • 25 Andrade
  • 11 Akins
  • 23 Dani López
  • 06 Jones
  • 02 Wedgbury
  • 01 Arnold

Coventry City

  • 01 Murphy
  • 03 Adams
  • 06 Thomas Booked
  • 02 Christie (Garner - 87' )
  • 04 Webster
  • 16 Barton (Willis - 76' )
  • 14 Moussa
  • 07 Fleck
  • 20 Wilson
  • 24 Clarke
  • 09 Clarke

Substitutes

  • 31 Haynes
  • 10 Manset
  • 13 Burge
  • 36 Maddison
  • 19 Willis
  • 34 Rankin
  • 30 Garner
Ref: Graham Scott
Att: 3,325

Match Stats

Shots

10 13

On target

3 3

Corners

4 4

Fouls

15 14

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Stevenage 0, Coventry City 1.

90:00 +7:13 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Stevenage 0, Coventry City 1.

90:00 +6:44

Attempt missed. Michael Doughty (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

90:00 +6:19

Jimmy Smith (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +6:19

Foul by Franck Moussa (Coventry City).

90:00 +3:29 Booking

Booking Conor Thomas (Coventry City) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +3:14

James Dunne (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +3:14

Foul by Conor Thomas (Coventry City).

90:00 +2:12

Foul by James Dunne (Stevenage).

90:00 +2:12

Callum Wilson (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +0:24

Foul by Lucas Akins (Stevenage).

90:00 +0:24

John Fleck (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

89:05

Foul by Roarie Deacon (Stevenage).

89:05

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

87:47

Foul by Dani López (Stevenage).

87:47

Jordan Clarke (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

86:46 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Coventry City. Louis Garner replaces Cyrus Christie because of an injury.

85:18

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Peter Hartley.

81:36

Attempt saved. Jon Ashton (Stevenage) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the bottom left corner.

81:26

Attempt saved. Jon Ashton (Stevenage) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

80:30

Hand ball by Callum Wilson (Coventry City).

80:12

Attempt blocked. Luke Freeman (Stevenage) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.

79:20

Jimmy Smith (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the right wing.

79:20

Foul by Franck Moussa (Coventry City).

77:42

Foul by Peter Hartley (Stevenage).

77:42

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

77:00

Franck Moussa (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

76:54

Foul by Dani López (Stevenage).

75:57 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Coventry City. Jordan Willis replaces Adam Barton.

74:56 Booking

Booking Roarie Deacon (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.

74:43

Foul by Roarie Deacon (Stevenage).

74:43

Callum Wilson (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

72:49

Foul by James Dunne (Stevenage).

72:49

Blair Adams (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

71:16

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Blair Adams.

70:00

Jon Ashton (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

69:58

Foul by Leon Clarke (Coventry City).

69:02

James Dunne (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the right wing.

69:02

Foul by Cyrus Christie (Coventry City).

67:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stevenage. Lucas Akins replaces Oumare Tounkara.

67:05

Attempt missed. Leon Clarke (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

63:38

Attempt saved. Dani López (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

62:58

Hand ball by Dani López (Stevenage).

62:07

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Jimmy Smith.

59:12

Foul by Dani López (Stevenage).

59:12

Cyrus Christie (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

57:22 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stevenage. Dani López replaces Robin Shroot.

56:53

Attempt missed. Filipe Morais (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

55:06 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stevenage. Filipe Morais replaces Greg Tansey because of an injury.

53:02

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

49:44

James Dunne (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:44

Foul by Leon Clarke (Coventry City).

47:27

Foul by Oumare Tounkara (Stevenage).

47:27

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

45:48

Attempt missed. Cyrus Christie (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

45:00

Second Half begins Stevenage 0, Coventry City 1.

45:00 +1:15 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Stevenage 0, Coventry City 1.

45:00 +0:28

Foul by Jon Ashton (Stevenage).

45:00 +0:28

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

44:32

Roarie Deacon (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:32

Foul by Callum Wilson (Coventry City).

41:22

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Blair Adams.

38:10

Robin Shroot (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

38:10

Foul by Franck Moussa (Coventry City).

36:55

Roarie Deacon (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

36:55

Foul by Conor Thomas (Coventry City).

35:52

Foul by Roarie Deacon (Stevenage).

35:52

Adam Barton (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

35:02

Peter Hartley (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

35:02

Foul by Andy Webster (Coventry City).

34:33

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Peter Hartley.

34:24

Attempt blocked. Callum Wilson (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

32:43 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Stevenage 0, Coventry City 1. Leon Clarke (Coventry City) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the top left corner.

32:10

Attempt saved. Leon Clarke (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

29:06

Attempt missed. Franck Moussa (Coventry City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

27:23

Attempt missed. Leon Clarke (Coventry City) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

25:00

Leon Clarke (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

24:52

Foul by Peter Hartley (Stevenage).

24:18

Attempt missed. Luke Freeman (Stevenage) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

21:37

Attempt missed. Greg Tansey (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

18:54

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Jordan Clarke.

17:24

Attempt saved. Conor Thomas (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

17:04

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by James Dunne.

16:36

Attempt blocked. Blair Adams (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

13:57

Attempt missed. Michael Doughty (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

12:01

Attempt missed. Callum Wilson (Coventry City) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

9:33 Booking

Booking Greg Tansey (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.

8:35

Roarie Deacon (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

8:35

Foul by Leon Clarke (Coventry City).

7:37

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Blair Adams.

5:21

Attempt missed. Leon Clarke (Coventry City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

3:24

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

2:13

Attempt missed. Jon Ashton (Stevenage) header from the centre of the box is too high.

1:48

Foul by Cyrus Christie (Coventry City).

1:48

Michael Doughty (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:00

Foul by James Dunne (Stevenage).

1:00

John Fleck (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

0:34

James Dunne (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:34

Foul by Callum Wilson (Coventry City).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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