Leon Clarke's brace helped Coventry City to a win against Sheffield United, who sacked boss David Weir on Friday.

Clarke guided home Blair Adams' deflected cross early on, and Callum Wilson's finish into the top corner put the Sky Blues 2-0 up at the break.

City were in control when Clarke added a third, curling home low inside the box from Franck Moussa's neat lay-off.

However, Lyle Taylor's fierce free-kick and glancing header for the Blades set up a tense finish, but City held out.

Former captain and current under-21 coach Chris Morgan was handed the United reins alongside goalkeeping coach Darren Ward and academy chief Travis Binnion for the trip to Northampton's Sixfields, where opponents City are tenants.

The trio would have been pleased by a second-half fightback when the match seemed lost, although their winless run - now 10 league games - means they are bottom of the League One table after Tranmere's win at Bradford.

From City's perspective the move to Northampton - made by owners SISU - remains unpopular with Coventry supporters who have staged protests outside the ground at 'home' matches.

But their form in such games has been pivotal to their overhauling a 10-point deduction for their holding company being placed in administration.

Four wins from six at their unlikely home have propelled Steven Pressley's side on to 10 points and up to 16th place, a tally that without the deduction would put them among the play-off pack.

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Coventry City

  • 01 Murphy
  • 19 Willis Booked (Phillips - 77' )
  • 03 Adams Booked
  • 06 Thomas
  • 04 Webster Booked
  • 24 Clarke
  • 08 Baker (Daniels - 67' )
  • 07 Fleck
  • 09 Clarke
  • 20 Wilson
  • 14 Moussa (Barton - 81' )

Substitutes

  • 10 Manset
  • 13 Burge
  • 16 Barton
  • 17 Daniels
  • 18 Phillips
  • 30 Garner
  • 31 Haynes

Sheffield United

  • 25 Long
  • 02 Westlake
  • 06 Hill
  • 17 Coady
  • 05 Maguire Booked
  • 15 Collins
  • 07 Flynn (Hall - 73' )
  • 08 Doyle Booked
  • 18 King (McGinn - 57' )
  • 11 Baxter (Taylor - 41' )
  • 19 Brandy

Substitutes

  • 01 Howard
  • 04 Hall
  • 10 Taylor
  • 14 McGinn
  • 22 Lappin
  • 23 Murphy
  • 24 Ironside
Ref: Kevin Friend
Att: 2,078

Match Stats

Shots

14 13

On target

6 6

Corners

5 5

Fouls

15 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Coventry City 3, Sheffield United 2.

90:00 +6:11 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Coventry City 3, Sheffield United 2.

90:00 +4:51

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Conor Coady.

90:00 +4:16

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Michael Doyle.

90:00 +4:12

Attempt blocked. John Fleck (Coventry City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Leon Clarke.

90:00 +4:07

Attempt blocked. Leon Clarke (Coventry City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Andy Webster with a through ball.

90:00 +2:25

Attempt saved. Stephen McGinn (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ryan Hall with a cross.

90:00 +1:16

Foul by Conor Thomas (Coventry City).

90:00 +1:16

Febian Brandy (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

89:23

Offside, Coventry City. Leon Clarke tries a through ball, but Callum Wilson is caught offside.

88:54 Booking

Booking Michael Doyle (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

88:51

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

88:51

Foul by Michael Doyle (Sheffield United).

87:24

Offside, Sheffield United. Darryl Westlake tries a through ball, but Harry Maguire is caught offside.

87:06 Booking

Booking Blair Adams (Coventry City) is shown the yellow card.

87:01

Foul by Adam Barton (Coventry City).

87:01

Ryan Hall (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

84:56

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

81:35

Delay in match Joe Murphy (Coventry City) because of an injury.

81:17

Attempt missed. Darryl Westlake (Sheffield United) right footed shot from more than 40 yards on the right wing is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ryan Hall.

80:34 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Coventry City. Adam Barton replaces Franck Moussa.

79:43 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Coventry City 3, Sheffield United 2. Lyle Taylor (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ryan Hall with a cross.

76:41 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Coventry City. Aaron Phillips replaces Jordan Willis.

75:17

Attempt missed. Conor Coady (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Darryl Westlake with a cross.

74:50 Booking

Booking Jordan Willis (Coventry City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

74:43

Foul by Jordan Willis (Coventry City).

74:43

Febian Brandy (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

73:16

Foul by Leon Clarke (Coventry City).

73:16

Stephen McGinn (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

72:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield United. Ryan Hall replaces Ryan Flynn.

72:31

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

72:31

Foul by Conor Coady (Sheffield United).

70:34

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

70:34

Foul by Harry Maguire (Sheffield United).

69:27

Attempt saved. Leon Clarke (Coventry City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by John Fleck.

68:20

Attempt missed. Conor Coady (Sheffield United) header from the right side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Stephen McGinn with a cross following a corner.

67:57

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Leon Clarke.

67:33

Foul by Franck Moussa (Coventry City).

67:33

Ryan Flynn (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

66:39

Foul by Leon Clarke (Coventry City).

66:39

Matthew Hill (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:17 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Coventry City. Billy Daniels replaces Carl Baker.

65:35

Offside, Sheffield United. Michael Doyle tries a through ball, but Lyle Taylor is caught offside.

64:16

Callum Wilson (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

64:16

Foul by Harry Maguire (Sheffield United).

62:32

Attempt saved. Ryan Flynn (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

61:31 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Coventry City 3, Sheffield United 1. Lyle Taylor (Sheffield United) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

60:37

Foul by Jordan Willis (Coventry City).

60:37

Conor Coady (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

57:57

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Andy Webster.

57:46

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Andy Webster.

57:22

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Jordan Willis.

57:20

Attempt blocked. Febian Brandy (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Darryl Westlake with a cross.

56:53 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield United. Stephen McGinn replaces Marlon King.

55:29

Attempt saved. Febian Brandy (Sheffield United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Conor Coady.

53:04

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

53:04

Foul by Matthew Hill (Sheffield United).

51:26

Foul by Carl Baker (Coventry City).

51:26

Matthew Hill (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

50:40

Franck Moussa (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

50:40

Foul by Darryl Westlake (Sheffield United).

50:00

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

50:00

Foul by Lyle Taylor (Sheffield United).

48:50 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Coventry City 3, Sheffield United 0. Leon Clarke (Coventry City) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Franck Moussa.

47:22

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

47:22

Foul by Marlon King (Sheffield United).

45:00

Second Half begins Coventry City 2, Sheffield United 0.

45:00 +2:05 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Coventry City 2, Sheffield United 0.

45:00 +0:39

Attempt blocked. Carl Baker (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

44:48 Booking

Booking Harry Maguire (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

44:42

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

44:42

Foul by Harry Maguire (Sheffield United).

42:47

Attempt missed. Leon Clarke (Coventry City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Callum Wilson following a fast break.

41:25

Attempt saved. Marlon King (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

40:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield United. Lyle Taylor replaces Jose Baxter because of an injury.

39:30

Foul by Andy Webster (Coventry City).

39:30

Febian Brandy (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

38:27

Attempt missed. Jose Baxter (Sheffield United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

37:43 Booking

Booking Andy Webster (Coventry City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

37:27

Foul by Andy Webster (Coventry City).

37:27

Jose Baxter (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

36:23

Offside, Sheffield United. Michael Doyle tries a through ball, but Marlon King is caught offside.

32:48

Attempt saved. Leon Clarke (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Callum Wilson with a through ball.

31:25 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Coventry City 2, Sheffield United 0. Callum Wilson (Coventry City) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Carl Baker.

29:30

Attempt missed. Leon Clarke (Coventry City) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Carl Baker with a cross.

28:11

Attempt blocked. Carl Baker (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

27:36

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

27:36

Foul by Harry Maguire (Sheffield United).

26:51

Offside, Coventry City. Jordan Clarke tries a through ball, but Callum Wilson is caught offside.

23:37

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Conor Coady.

23:34

Attempt blocked. Conor Thomas (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

23:07

Carl Baker (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

23:07

Febian Brandy (Sheffield United).

21:51

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

21:51

Foul by Ryan Flynn (Sheffield United).

19:16

Foul by Franck Moussa (Coventry City).

19:16

Ryan Flynn (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

18:40

Attempt blocked. Ryan Flynn (Sheffield United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

18:10

Corner, Sheffield United. Conceded by Blair Adams.

15:15

Foul by John Fleck (Coventry City).

15:15

Michael Doyle (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

13:06

Foul by Jordan Clarke (Coventry City).

13:06

Febian Brandy (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

11:00

Attempt missed. Franck Moussa (Coventry City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jordan Willis with a cross.

10:53

Attempt blocked. Carl Baker (Coventry City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by John Fleck.

7:42

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Darryl Westlake.

6:34

Attempt missed. Marlon King (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Matthew Hill with a cross.

5:10 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Coventry City 1, Sheffield United 0. Leon Clarke (Coventry City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Blair Adams with a cross.

4:10

Hand ball by Conor Thomas (Coventry City).

2:17

Foul by Callum Wilson (Coventry City).

2:17

Neill Collins (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:37

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

1:37

Foul by Neill Collins (Sheffield United).

0:18

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Neill Collins.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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