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Walsall 0-1 Coventry City

Franck Moussa

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.

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."

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 15ChambersBooked at 67mins
  • 3Taylor
  • 6Featherstone
  • 12Downing
  • 4Butler
  • 8Mantom
  • 7Chambers
  • 11HemmingsSubstituted forSawyersat 81'minutes
  • 16BaxendaleSubstituted forGrayat 63'minutes
  • 10WestcarrSubstituted forHewittat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Purkiss
  • 9Lalkovic
  • 13Lewis
  • 14Benning
  • 24Hewitt
  • 25Sawyers
  • 27Gray

Coventry

  • 1Murphy
  • 18Phillips
  • 3Adams
  • 6C Thomas
  • 4Webster
  • 24Clarke
  • 8BakerSubstituted forDanielsat 90+3'minutes
  • 7FleckBooked at 41mins
  • 9L Clarke
  • 20Wilson
  • 14MoussaSubstituted forBartonat 82'minutes

Substitutes

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

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamCoventry
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home6
Away9
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away10
Fouls
Home7
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Walsall 0, Coventry City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Walsall 0, Coventry City 1.
James Chambers (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Blair Adams (Coventry City).
Foul by Paul Downing (Walsall).
Callum Wilson (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Billy Daniels replaces Carl Baker.
Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Adam Barton.
Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Richard O'Donnell.
Attempt saved. Callum Wilson (Coventry City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Foul by Romaine Sawyers (Walsall).
John Fleck (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt saved. Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Sam Mantom (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Conor Thomas (Coventry City).

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Adam Barton replaces Franck Moussa.
Attempt missed. Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Romaine Sawyers replaces Ashley Hemmings.
Callum Wilson (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by James Chambers (Walsall).
James Chambers (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Andy Webster (Coventry City).
Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Aaron Phillips.
Andy Taylor (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Leon Clarke (Coventry City).
Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Andy Taylor.
Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Andy Taylor.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Troy Hewitt replaces Craig Westcarr.
Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Richard O'Donnell.
Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Andrew Butler.
Attempt blocked. Franck Moussa (Coventry City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Booking

James Chambers (Walsall) is shown the yellow card.
Andy Taylor (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Carl Baker (Coventry City).

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Julian Gray replaces James Baxendale.

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.
Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Paul Downing.
Andy Taylor (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Carl Baker (Coventry City).
Paul Downing (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leyton Orient1411212235
2Wolves1310211732
3Peterborough1410221532
4Preston14752726
5Brentford14734224
6Bradford146441022
7Walsall14644322
8Swindon14626620
9Port Vale14626020
10Rotherham14554-120
11MK Dons14545319
12Crawley13544-119
13Coventry14833917
14Colchester14374-516
15Carlisle13436-1115
16Oldham13427-314
17Stevenage14428-614
18Shrewsbury14275-313
19Gillingham14338-712
20Sheff Utd14338-812
21Tranmere14338-1412
22Crewe14338-1912
23Bristol City13166-69
24Notts County132110-107
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