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Coventry City 2-3 Port Vale

Tony Mowbray
Tony Mowbray has replaced Steven Pressley as manager at the Ricoh Arena

Port Vale maintained their push for the play-offs with victory at the Ricoh Arena to spoil new Coventry City boss Tony Mowbray's public unveiling.

Mowbray's side went ahead early on, with Jim O'Brien's low right-foot shot creeping in from 25 yards.

Tom Pope and Coventry old boy Mark Marshall turned it round with two goals in five minutes just before the break.

But despite Sanmi Odelusi coming off the bench to level, Michael O'Connor's superb free-kick gave Vale the points.

Coventry led in the fourth minute when skipper O'Brien's speculative effort somehow found Vale keeper Chris Neal's bottom right corner.

The looked comfortable for the lead, but it all changed after a long break in play when Vale's on-loan Crystal Palace defender Ryan Inniss was stretchered off after coming off worst in a high challenge on Marcus Tudgay that also saw him booked.

Vale take their bow at the Ricoh Arena
Unlike their manager Rob Page, who made 76 appearances in three years with Coventry City after being signed by Micky Adams in February 2005, and another Sky Blues old boy Mark Marshall on the wing, Vale were making their debut at the Ricoh Arena and kept up their good away record against Coventry.
They drew 2-2 at Sixfields a year ago and, in 12 matches prior to that at Coventry's old home at Highfield Road, Vale lost just three of them.

Vale top scorer Pope evaded the linesman's flag as he cashed in a ricochet to steer home an angled left-footed poke from close range.

Five minutes later, Marshall worked a neat one-two with Byron Moore to score against his old club.

Mowbray's double substitution looked to have done the trick inside eight minutes when on-loan Bolton Wanderers winger Odelusi broke fast down the right to latch onto Frank Nouble's nicely-weighted pass and blasted home a fierce angled right-foot shot from 15 yards.

But Coventry were back on level terms for just five minutes before O'Connor curled a stunning right-foot free-kick round the-wall after he had been fouled by John Fleck to earn victory for Vale boss - and Sky Blues old boy - Rob Page.

Vale's third successive away win leaves them just two points off the League One play-offs, while Coventry remain a point clear of trouble.

Coventry City manager Tony Mowbray told BBC Coventry & Warwickshire:

"We're a pretty young team, pretty naive at times. When it got back to two all, I thought only one team was going to win it, but unfortunately it didn't work out that way.

"It's a work in progress for me, really, and we have to find a way to win.

"I couldn't fault the players' endeavour and determination, but it's obviously frustrating because we need points.

"We have to stick at it, we have to stand up and be counted. This one has gone now and we have to focus on the goals ahead - Tuesday night is the only important thing."

Port Vale manager Rob Page told BBC Radio Stoke:

"We got off to the worst possible start, conceding an early goal, but the boys dug in well, once we'd got used to the pitch, which took us a while as it's not great.

"But we worked our socks off, just as we did at Walsall and Notts County. We work very hard without the ball and it's a big plus for us to be able to spread the goals around like we did.

"Ryan Inniss is having an X-ray on his ankle. I think he might have landed awkwardly on it. It's not good to see a young player being stretchered off like that."

Line-ups

Coventry

  • 1Burge
  • 18Phillips
  • 22Pennington
  • 21Martin
  • 30Stokes
  • 11O'BrienBooked at 75minsSubstituted forJacksonat 77'minutes
  • 16BartonSubstituted forOdelusiat 62'minutes
  • 7Fleck
  • 19Nouble
  • 20TudgaySubstituted forWilliamsat 63'minutes
  • 14Samuel

Substitutes

  • 4Webster
  • 8Williams
  • 12Jackson
  • 17Odelusi
  • 25Turgott
  • 27Finch
  • 33Charles-Cook

Port Vale

  • 1Neal
  • 21Veseli
  • 33InnissBooked at 36minsSubstituted forMcGivernat 36'minutes
  • 4Robertson
  • 3DickinsonBooked at 15mins
  • 19MooreSubstituted forDanielat 81'minutes
  • 17Brown
  • 15O'Connor
  • 20Marshall
  • 9WilliamsonSubstituted forDoddsat 77'minutes
  • 11Pope

Substitutes

  • 2Yates
  • 5McGivern
  • 7Birchall
  • 8Dodds
  • 10Lines
  • 12Johnson
  • 14Daniel
Referee:
Mick Russell
Attendance:
9,446

Match Stats

Home TeamCoventryAway TeamPort Vale
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home11
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away7
Fouls
Home8
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Coventry City 2, Port Vale 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Coventry City 2, Port Vale 3.

Foul by Louis Dodds (Port Vale).

Matthew Pennington (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Luke Williams (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

Foul by Michael O'Connor (Port Vale).

Dominic Samuel (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Colin Daniel replaces Byron Moore.

Attempt blocked. Dominic Samuel (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Byron Moore (Port Vale).

Luke Williams (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Simeon Jackson replaces Jim O'Brien.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Louis Dodds replaces Ben Williamson.

Goal!

Goal! Coventry City 2, Port Vale 3. Michael O'Connor (Port Vale) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Booking

Jim O'Brien (Coventry City) is shown the yellow card.

Michael Brown (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jim O'Brien (Coventry City).

Attempt missed. Michael O'Connor (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Michael Brown (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Dominic Samuel (Coventry City).

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Aaron Martin.

Goal!

Goal! Coventry City 2, Port Vale 2. Sanmi Odelusi (Coventry City) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Frank Nouble following a fast break.

Attempt saved. Mark Marshall (Port Vale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Michael O'Connor (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by John Fleck (Coventry City).

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Luke Williams replaces Marcus Tudgay.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Sanmi Odelusi replaces Adam Barton.

Ryan McGivern (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Dominic Samuel (Coventry City).

Attempt missed. Byron Moore (Port Vale) left footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

Frederic Veseli (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Frank Nouble (Coventry City).

Attempt blocked. John Fleck (Coventry City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Aaron Martin.

Attempt blocked. Tom Pope (Port Vale) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Aaron Phillips (Coventry City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Foul by Carl Dickinson (Port Vale).

Aaron Phillips (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Second Half

Second Half begins Coventry City 1, Port Vale 2.

Half Time

First Half ends, Coventry City 1, Port Vale 2.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City35237567323576
2Preston34199655302566
3Swindon35197962382464
4MK Dons35188968373162
5Sheff Utd34158114841753
6Doncaster351311114443150
7Barnsley35155154748-150
8Peterborough35155154344-150
9Chesterfield34139124945448
10Bradford33139114238448
11Port Vale35146154548-348
12Fleetwood35139133639-348
13Rochdale331451458441447
14Gillingham351210135051-146
15Oldham341210124350-746
16Walsall351111133439-544
17Scunthorpe34119144652-642
18Crewe35126173459-2542
19Notts County34118153443-941
20Coventry34812143648-1236
21Leyton Orient3498174452-835
22Colchester3597194058-1834
23Crawley35810173660-2434
24Yeovil3589182850-2233
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