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Coventry City 2-1 Walsall

Nathan Delfouneso

Coventry City loan striker Nathan Delfouneso came off the bench to hit his first goal for the club as they beat Walsall for their first win at Sixfields since Boxing Day.

Fit-again Callum Wilson's run down the middle and low shot earned the Sky Blues a first-half lead.

Walsall levelled after the break through full-back Mal Benning's first goal for the club.

But Delfouneso found the top corner from close-range six minutes from time.

It then took a superb double save from home keeper Joe Murphy to earn Coventry only their second win in 10 games.

Walsall made one change from the side beaten 2-1 at Preston on Saturday, bringing in Romaine Sawyers in place of the suspended Sam Mantom, who had failed earlier in the day to have Saturday's red card at Deepdale overturned.

The Sky Blues were also forced into making a change in midfield, Mark Marshall coming in for the injured Franck Moussa.

Coventry had to survive a scare, Murphy making a brilliant instinctive one-handed save to parry Craig Westcarr's point-blank deflection, before taking the lead. Wilson burst through the middle from Arsenal loan striker Chuba Akpom's flick-on on 22 minutes.

It would have been 2-0 on the stroke of half-time, but for Walsall keeper Richard O'Donnell. He matched Murphy's save with one of his own to prevent Andy Butler putting the ball in his own net from QPR loan man Michael Petrasso's cross.

Instead, Benning levelled when, having had his initial shot saved by Murphy, the Coventry keeper parried Febian Brandy's low shot - and Benning ran in the rebound.

But Aston Villa loan man Delfouneso struck on 84 minutes to leave Walsall with just one point to show from their last five games.

Coventry manager Steven Pressley told BBC Coventry & Warwickshire:

"I'm really pleased for the players. They deserve this. We look like a team that can get results again.

"The players have had to deal with a lot this season. The truth of the matter is that, with the points we've accumulated, but for our 10-point penalty, we'd now be one point off the play-offs.

"But instead of sitting just below the top six and hunting down the teams above us, we have to deal with the pressure of relegation.

"Walsall are a good side with a good manager and they pinned us back for a period but what pleased me most was the positive reaction after losing the goal."

Walsall manager Dean Smith told BBC WM:

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Post-match: Dean Smith on Coventry loss

"We didn't do a lot wrong first half and found ourselves a goal down but, in the second half, we were excellent. We were camped in their half for long periods.

"But, on the run that we are on, things are not going our way and key decisions went against us once more, particularly in the build-up to their opening goal when there was a foul on Febian Brandy. That's three 2-1 defeats in a row and unfortunately mistakes from officials have cost us in each one. They're human. They make mistakes. We can't control that.

"We deserved something from the game and it was criminal that we came away with nothing. They've spent a lot of money getting Delfouneso in and he ends up getting the winner.

"But it was nice to see Mal Benning get his first senior goal for the club for us. It was a good strike. He was in the right place."

Line-ups

Coventry

  • 1Murphy
  • 19Willis
  • 24ClarkeBooked at 90mins
  • 6Thomas
  • 4WebsterBooked at 72mins
  • 15Seaborne
  • 27Petrasso
  • 7Fleck
  • 20WilsonSubstituted forBartonat 89'minutes
  • 9AkpomSubstituted forDelfounesoat 62'minutes
  • 26MarshallSubstituted forAdamsat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Christie
  • 3Adams
  • 10Delfouneso
  • 11McGeouch
  • 13Burge
  • 16Barton
  • 17Daniels

Walsall

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 15ChambersBooked at 74mins
  • 14Benning
  • 7ChambersBooked at 40mins
  • 12Downing
  • 4Butler
  • 29BrandySubstituted forHewittat 88'minutes
  • 6FeatherstoneBooked at 58mins
  • 10WestcarrSubstituted forNgooat 79'minutes
  • 25Sawyers
  • 9LalkovicSubstituted forBaxendaleat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Purkiss
  • 11Hemmings
  • 16Baxendale
  • 22Roberts
  • 24Hewitt
  • 26McQuilkin
  • 30Ngoo
Referee:
Richard Clark
Attendance:
1,637

Match Stats

Home TeamCoventryAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home13
Away14
Shots on Target
Home8
Away9
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home14
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Coventry City 2, Walsall 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Coventry City 2, Walsall 1.

Attempt saved. Malvind Benning (Walsall) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Michael Ngoo (Walsall) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Jordan Clarke (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Michael Ngoo (Walsall).

Booking

Jordan Clarke (Coventry City) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Adam Barton replaces Callum Wilson.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Troy Hewitt replaces Febian Brandy.

Attempt missed. John Fleck (Coventry City) right footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the left.

Goal!

Goal! Coventry City 2, Walsall 1. Nathan Delfouneso (Coventry City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Michael Petrasso.

Attempt missed. Michael Ngoo (Walsall) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Jordan Clarke.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. James Baxendale replaces Milan Lalkovic.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Michael Ngoo replaces Craig Westcarr.

Foul by Daniel Seaborne (Coventry City).

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

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by James Chambers.

Attempt blocked. Andy Webster (Coventry City) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Malvind Benning.

Blair Adams (Coventry City) hits the bar with a left footed shot from outside the box.

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

Attempt missed. Daniel Seaborne (Coventry City) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

Booking

James Chambers (Walsall) is shown the yellow card.

Michael Petrasso (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by James Chambers (Walsall).

Booking

Andy Webster (Coventry City) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Andy Webster (Coventry City).

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

Attempt missed. Paul Downing (Walsall) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Blair Adams.

Attempt saved. Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Blair Adams replaces Mark Marshall.

Attempt missed. Nicky Featherstone (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Foul by Mark Marshall (Coventry City).

Febian Brandy (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Andy Webster (Coventry City).

Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Wednesday 5th March 2014

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wolves32217457203770
2Leyton Orient34217668333570
3Brentford32207554312367
4Preston341713448341464
5Rotherham341711664432162
6Peterborough33164135144752
7Swindon34138135145647
8Walsall341211113935447
9MK Dons34137144846246
10Sheff Utd33128133638-244
11Port Vale33134164452-843
12Coventry33149106157441
13Bradford33914104541441
14Crawley2991283437-339
15Oldham34108163948-938
16Gillingham34115184357-1438
17Carlisle33107163754-1737
18Colchester32812123741-436
19Tranmere3399154057-1736
20Bristol City34714134956-735
21Crewe3498173863-2535
22Shrewsbury33711153143-1232
23Stevenage3395193353-2032
24Notts County3493224261-1930
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