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Stevenage 0-1 Coventry City

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:

Graham Westley

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Stevenage boss Graham Westley on Coventry loss

"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.."

Line-ups

Stevenage

  • 16Day
  • 5Ashton
  • 34DeaconBooked at 75mins
  • 29Hartley
  • 20Smith
  • 15Freeman
  • 24Doughty
  • 8Dunne
  • 17TanseyBooked at 10minsSubstituted forMoraisat 56'minutes
  • 32ShrootSubstituted forDani Lópezat 58'minutes
  • 21TounkaraSubstituted forAkinsat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Morais
  • 25Andrade
  • 11Akins
  • 23Dani López
  • 6Jones
  • 2Wedgbury
  • 1Arnold

Coventry

  • 1Murphy
  • 3Adams
  • 6C ThomasBooked at 90mins
  • 2ChristieSubstituted forGarnerat 87'minutes
  • 4Webster
  • 16BartonSubstituted forWillisat 76'minutes
  • 14Moussa
  • 7Fleck
  • 20Wilson
  • 24Clarke
  • 9L Clarke

Substitutes

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

Match Stats

Home TeamStevenageAway TeamCoventry
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home10
Away13
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home15
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Stevenage 0, Coventry City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Stevenage 0, Coventry City 1.

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

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

Foul by Franck Moussa (Coventry City).

Booking

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

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

Foul by Conor Thomas (Coventry City).

Foul by James Dunne (Stevenage).

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

Foul by Lucas Akins (Stevenage).

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

Foul by Roarie Deacon (Stevenage).

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

Foul by Dani López (Stevenage).

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

Substitution

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

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Peter Hartley.

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

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

Hand ball by Callum Wilson (Coventry City).

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

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

Foul by Franck Moussa (Coventry City).

Foul by Peter Hartley (Stevenage).

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

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

Foul by Dani López (Stevenage).

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Jordan Willis replaces Adam Barton.

Booking

Roarie Deacon (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Roarie Deacon (Stevenage).

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

Foul by James Dunne (Stevenage).

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

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Blair Adams.

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

Foul by Leon Clarke (Coventry City).

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

Foul by Cyrus Christie (Coventry City).

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Lucas Akins replaces Oumare Tounkara.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leyton Orient108201826
2Peterborough108111425
3Wolves108111425
4Bradford106311321
5Preston10541719
6Rotherham10541519
7MK Dons10442516
8Crawley10442316
9Walsall10433115
10Brentford10433-115
11Swindon10424314
12Port Vale10424-214
13Carlisle10334-912
14Colchester10253-411
15Shrewsbury10163-39
16Gillingham10235-49
17Oldham10226-38
18Coventry1052357
19Notts County10217-67
20Bristol City10064-66
21Crewe10136-176
22Sheff Utd10127-105
23Stevenage10127-115
24Tranmere10127-125
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