Franck Moussa struck the only goal of the game as Coventry City claimed their fourth win in five matches with victory at Walsall.

The Sky Blues midfielder slotted his seventh of the season from close range on 54 minutes after home keeper Richard O'Donnell had brilliantly kept out Leon Clarke's header.

Coventry came close to a late clinching second at the Banks's Stadium.

Walsall's Bescot home was one of the grounds discussed as a potential venue for Coventry City's home games this season, following their dispute with their landlords at the Ricoh Arena.

But O'Donnell went low to his right to turn aside Callum Wilson's shot.

Both sides had chances to break the first-half deadlock.

Moussa fired just wide for the visitors, before City top scorer Wilson's shot was blocked.

But visiting keeper Joe Murphy then made a great late first-half save, diving to his left to keep out Craig Westcarr's 20-yard free-kick before home skipper Andy Butler's low shot was deflected wide.

Coventry, watched by 2,138 away fans - more than turn up to watch home matches at Sixfields - climb to 13th in League One, while Walsall drop out of the top six after their second home defeat of the season.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Sky Blues manager Steven Pressley told BBC Coventry and Warwickshire:

"I thought it was an excellent away performance. We nullified them to next to no chances, and that was a testament to our players' work rate.

"We seemed very much together as a team and supporters together at the end there.

"It's been a wonderful run of games and for us to come through October with no defeats is incredible. At this moment in time our players deserve so much credit."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Walsall

  • 01 O'Donnell
  • 15 Chambers Booked
  • 03 Taylor
  • 06 Featherstone
  • 12 Downing
  • 04 Butler
  • 08 Mantom
  • 07 Chambers
  • 11 Hemmings (Sawyers - 81' )
  • 16 Baxendale (Gray - 63' )
  • 10 Westcarr (Hewitt - 71' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Purkiss
  • 09 Lalkovic
  • 13 Lewis
  • 14 Benning
  • 24 Hewitt
  • 25 Sawyers
  • 27 Gray

Coventry City

  • 01 Murphy
  • 18 Phillips
  • 03 Adams
  • 06 Thomas
  • 04 Webster
  • 24 Clarke
  • 08 Baker (Daniels - 93' )
  • 07 Fleck Booked
  • 09 Clarke
  • 20 Wilson
  • 14 Moussa (Barton - 82' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Burge
  • 16 Barton
  • 17 Daniels
  • 21 Loza
  • 25 Urquhart
  • 30 Garner
  • 31 Haynes
Ref: Gavin Ward
Att: 6,519

Match Stats

Shots

6 9

On target

2 4

Corners

4 10

Fouls

7 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

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

90:00 +4:32 Full time

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

90:00 +4:00

James Chambers (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +3:59

Foul by Blair Adams (Coventry City).

90:00 +3:00

Foul by Paul Downing (Walsall).

90:00 +3:00

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

90:00 +2:33 Substitution

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

90:00 +1:18

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Adam Barton.

87:27

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Richard O'Donnell.

87:18

Attempt saved. Callum Wilson (Coventry City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

86:16

Foul by Romaine Sawyers (Walsall).

86:16

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

85:20

Attempt saved. Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

83:32

Sam Mantom (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:32

Foul by Conor Thomas (Coventry City).

81:34 Substitution

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

81:19

Attempt missed. Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

80:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Walsall. Romaine Sawyers replaces Ashley Hemmings.

79:00

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

78:57

Foul by James Chambers (Walsall).

77:52

James Chambers (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:52

Foul by Andy Webster (Coventry City).

75:35

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Aaron Phillips.

74:22

Andy Taylor (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

74:22

Foul by Leon Clarke (Coventry City).

72:54

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Andy Taylor.

72:22

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Andy Taylor.

70:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Walsall. Troy Hewitt replaces Craig Westcarr.

68:43

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Richard O'Donnell.

68:29

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Andrew Butler.

68:09

Attempt blocked. Franck Moussa (Coventry City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

67:00 Booking

Booking James Chambers (Walsall) is shown the yellow card.

65:55

Andy Taylor (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

65:55

Foul by Carl Baker (Coventry City).

62:44 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Walsall. Julian Gray replaces James Baxendale.

53:14 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Walsall 0, Coventry City 1. Franck Moussa (Coventry City) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Leon Clarke.

52:49

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Paul Downing.

51:04

Andy Taylor (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:04

Foul by Carl Baker (Coventry City).

48:13

Paul Downing (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

48:13

Foul by Leon Clarke (Coventry City).

45:00

Second Half begins Walsall 0, Coventry City 0.

45:00 +2:04 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Walsall 0, Coventry City 0.

44:46

Andrew Butler (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

44:46

Foul by Callum Wilson (Coventry City).

44:18

Attempt missed. Andy Taylor (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

44:01

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Conor Thomas.

43:45

Attempt blocked. Sam Mantom (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

40:32

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Joe Murphy.

40:23

Attempt saved. Craig Westcarr (Walsall) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

40:06 Booking

Booking John Fleck (Coventry City) is shown the yellow card.

40:06

Hand ball by John Fleck (Coventry City).

36:57

Delay in match Sam Mantom (Walsall) because of an injury.

36:42

Foul by Conor Thomas (Coventry City).

36:42

Sam Mantom (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36:15

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

31:12

Attempt missed. Sam Mantom (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

28:23

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

28:23

Foul by Ashley Hemmings (Walsall).

27:30

Foul by Conor Thomas (Coventry City).

27:30

Craig Westcarr (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:29

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

18:40

Foul by Aaron Phillips (Coventry City).

18:40

Ashley Hemmings (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

16:06

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

16:06

Foul by Paul Downing (Walsall).

13:29

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

11:48

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Ashley Hemmings.

10:33

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Andrew Butler.

10:14

Attempt missed. Leon Clarke (Coventry City) header from the right side of the box is too high.

9:29

Attempt saved. Callum Wilson (Coventry City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

7:51

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Andy Taylor.

7:29

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

7:29

Foul by Nicky Featherstone (Walsall).

6:40

Foul by Leon Clarke (Coventry City).

6:40

Sam Mantom (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

4:41

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Andy Taylor.

2:35

Attempt missed. Callum Wilson (Coventry City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

1:10

Foul by Nicky Featherstone (Walsall).

1:10

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

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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