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Coventry City 4-1 Gillingham

Ben Turner celebrates Coventry's second goal on his first start since returning to the Ricoh Arena on loan
Ben Turner celebrates Coventry's second goal on his first start since returning to the Ricoh Arena on loan

Coventry City hit four goals inside 10 first-half minutes, including a hat-trick from Jacob Murphy, as they overwhelmed morning leaders Gillingham to leapfrog to the top of League One.

It took until the 34th minute before Murphy fired home left-footed from six yards before on-loan Ben Turner quickly doubled City's lead with a header.

On-loan Murphy then struck twice more inside three minutes before the break.

Bradley Dack pulled one back with a left-foot shot on 63 minutes.

But it could not stop Gillingham surrendering their lead to City, who climbed to their highest ranking in the Football League since being relegated to the third tier in 2012.

Despite controlling the first half hour, City could have fallen behind when Sky Blues old boy Cody McDonald's header was cleared off the line by Jim O'Brien. Instead, the Sky Blues broke down the other end and Murphy took advantage of a mistake by Adedeji Oshilaja to round goalkeeper Stuart Nelson before finishing.

Three minutes later, Murphy won the corner that saw Ryan Kent cross for Turner to power home his 37th minute header, marking his first start since his midweek return to the club on loan from Cardiff City..

O'Brien then played in Murphy to round Nelson again before the young on-loan Norwich striker completed his first career treble when he stroked Chris Stokes' cross into the top corner to complete a personal haul of six goals in three games after last weekend's brace at Colchester.

Coventry top scorer Adam Armstrong then hit the post before Dack fired home his consolation goal for the visitors.

Second beats first again

This was the third time this season that 'second' has played 'first' in League One - and, on each occasion, the game has been won by the chasing side, to ensure new leaders of the division.

On both previous occasions, in October, Walsall were the winners, beating first Burton Albion and then Gillingham.

Sky Blues boss Tony Mowbray told BBC Coventry & Warwickshire:

"I'm delighted with a top performance. My job is to inspire the team and get them in the right frame of mind.

"When they left the dressing room I thought they were ready for a proper game of football, and it proved to be the case.

"We have to use that as our benchmark and try to attain that performance level as often as we can."

Line-ups

Coventry

  • 23Charles-Cook
  • 18Ricketts
  • 21Martin
  • 15TurnerSubstituted forPhillipsat 56'minutes
  • 3Stokes
  • 4Vincelot
  • 7Fleck
  • 40Kent
  • 11O'BrienSubstituted forHaynesat 81'minutes
  • 25MurphySubstituted forBigirimanaat 63'minutes
  • 9Armstrong

Substitutes

  • 1Burge
  • 8Lameiras
  • 17Phillips
  • 19Bigirimana
  • 20Tudgay
  • 26Haynes
  • 32Fortuné

Gillingham

  • 1Nelson
  • 2Jackson
  • 4Egan
  • 50Oshilaja
  • 3Garmston
  • 44WrightSubstituted forMorrisat 71'minutes
  • 8HessenthalerBooked at 31mins
  • 16OsadebeSubstituted forLoftat 45'minutes
  • 23DackBooked at 64mins
  • 10McDonaldSubstituted forDickensonat 68'minutes
  • 14Samuel

Substitutes

  • 5Ehmer
  • 7Loft
  • 11McGlashan
  • 12Morris
  • 15Morris
  • 17Donnelly
  • 24Dickenson
Referee:
Mark Brown
Attendance:
15,604

Match Stats

Home TeamCoventryAway TeamGillingham
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home16
Away8
Shots on Target
Home7
Away2
Corners
Home2
Away4
Fouls
Home7
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Coventry City 4, Gillingham 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Coventry City 4, Gillingham 1.

Attempt blocked. Brennan Dickenson (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Gael Bigirimana (Coventry City).

John Egan (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Adam Armstrong (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by John Egan (Gillingham).

Attempt missed. Adam Armstrong (Coventry City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Chris Stokes (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jake Hessenthaler (Gillingham).

Attempt saved. Gael Bigirimana (Coventry City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Ryan Haynes replaces Jim O'Brien.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Aaron Phillips.

Attempt saved. Dominic Samuel (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Gael Bigirimana (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Bradley Garmston (Gillingham).

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Aaron Morris replaces Josh Wright.

Attempt blocked. Bradley Garmston (Gillingham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by John Fleck (Coventry City).

Ryan Jackson (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Brennan Dickenson replaces Cody McDonald.

Jim O'Brien (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Jackson (Gillingham).

Booking

Bradley Dack (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Gael Bigirimana (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Bradley Dack (Gillingham).

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Gael Bigirimana replaces Jacob Murphy.

Goal!

Goal! Coventry City 4, Gillingham 1. Bradley Dack (Gillingham) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

Adam Armstrong (Coventry City) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the right side of the box.

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

Foul by Dominic Samuel (Gillingham).

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Aaron Phillips replaces Ben Turner.

Attempt missed. Jim O'Brien (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Foul by Jim O'Brien (Coventry City).

Bradley Dack (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Aaron Martin.

Attempt blocked. Dominic Samuel (Gillingham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Jacob Murphy (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adedeji Oshilaja (Gillingham).

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Coventry18114336191737
2Gillingham18104435231234
3Walsall1796229151433
4Wigan1896329181133
5Burton1710251614232
6Bury188643027330
7Bradford188642118330
8Millwall178452824428
9Peterborough1883739291027
10Southend187652020027
11Sheff Utd187562925426
12Port Vale187562321226
13Rochdale186662220224
14Scunthorpe187292222023
15Chesterfield187292528-323
16Doncaster185581524-920
17Colchester185582741-1420
18Oldham1831052026-619
19Fleetwood1853102527-218
20Shrewsbury1752101924-517
21Barnsley1852112230-817
22Swindon1844102333-1016
23Blackpool1844101526-1116
24Crewe1834111531-1613
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