League One
Coventry2Oxford Utd1

Coventry City 2-1 Oxford United

A stunning goal from youngster Ben Stevenson helped Coventry beat Oxford as they claimed their first home league win of the season.

The midfielder broke the deadlock in the 28th minute when he rifled in a 25-yard shot which gave Oxford keeper Simon Eastwood no chance.

But with Coventry's confidence fragile after a morale-sapping defeat at Charlton at the weekend, they needed another to really settle.

It came just two minutes before the half-time break when visiting defender Phil Edwards tried to head a long pass from Chris McCann back to Eastwood, unaware his keeper had come galloping off his line.

That left Marvin Sordell, who had offered the home side's most potent threat, the simple task of side-footing home into the empty net.

Oxford could well have taken the lead in the 22nd minute when Chey Dunkley met a corner powerfully with his head only for the ball to bounce off the crossbar with keeper Lee Burge stranded.

Substitute Dan Crowley ensured a nervy final few minutes when he scored in injury time.

Reports supplied by Press Association.

Line-ups

Coventry

  • 1Burge
  • 22SterryBooked at 57mins
  • 2Willis
  • 4Turnbull
  • 15Page
  • 31StevensonBooked at 55mins
  • 5Bigirimana
  • 12McCann
  • 8LameirasSubstituted forReidat 81'minutes
  • 17Sordell
  • 9AgyeiSubstituted forTudgayat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Jones
  • 11Reid
  • 13Gadzhev
  • 18Ricketts
  • 20Tudgay
  • 21Wright
  • 23Charles-Cook

Oxford Utd

  • 1Eastwood
  • 16Edwards
  • 33Dunkley
  • 25Raglan
  • 14RuffelsBooked at 90mins
  • 11MacDonaldSubstituted forJohnsonat 56'minutes
  • 18Rothwell
  • 4Lundstram
  • 15HemmingsSubstituted forRobertsat 78'minutes
  • 10Maguire
  • 20TaylorBooked at 37minsSubstituted forCrowleyat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Nelson
  • 7Crowley
  • 8Sercombe
  • 13Buchel
  • 21Roberts
  • 22Long
  • 28Johnson
Referee:
Robert Jones
Attendance:
9,912

Match Stats

Home TeamCoventryAway TeamOxford Utd
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home19
Away15
Shots on Target
Home8
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away10
Fouls
Home6
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Coventry City 2, Oxford United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Coventry City 2, Oxford United 1.

Attempt missed. Kyel Reid (Coventry City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Goal!

Goal! Coventry City 2, Oxford United 1. Daniel Crowley (Oxford United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Booking

Josh Ruffels (Oxford United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Marvin Sordell (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Josh Ruffels (Oxford United).

Attempt saved. Kyel Reid (Coventry City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Charlie Raglan.

Attempt saved. Josh Ruffels (Oxford United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.

Jamie Sterry (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marvin Johnson (Oxford United).

Attempt missed. Marvin Sordell (Coventry City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Marcus Tudgay (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by John Lundstram (Oxford United).

Attempt missed. Marvin Sordell (Coventry City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Gael Bigirimana (Coventry City).

Tyler Roberts (Oxford United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Kyel Reid replaces Ruben Lameiras.

Attempt missed. Marvin Sordell (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Ben Stevenson.

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Tyler Roberts replaces Kane Hemmings.

Attempt missed. Kane Hemmings (Oxford United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Ruben Lameiras.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Ben Stevenson.

Attempt saved. Chris McCann (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Marcus Tudgay replaces Daniel Agyei.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Lewis Page.

Attempt missed. John Lundstram (Oxford United) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Corner, Oxford United. Conceded by Ben Stevenson.

Attempt blocked. Chris McCann (Coventry City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Oxford United. Daniel Crowley replaces Ryan Taylor.

Attempt blocked. Ryan Taylor (Oxford United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Jamie Sterry (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Jamie Sterry (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Marvin Johnson (Oxford United).

Attempt blocked. Gael Bigirimana (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Cheyenne Dunkley.

Attempt blocked. Chris Maguire (Oxford United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Chris Maguire (Oxford United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Scunthorpe1484229151428
2Bradford14671169725
3Bolton147431510525
4Sheff Utd137332114724
5Rochdale146351816221
6Port Vale146351719-221
7Peterborough145542417720
8Bury146262220220
9Wimbledon145542018220
10Bristol Rovers135532120120
11Fleetwood135441916319
12Northampton144642019118
13Oxford Utd145361516-118
14Walsall134541720-317
15Charlton133731613316
16MK Dons144461920-116
17Swindon144461517-216
18Gillingham144462026-616
19Southend144461424-1016
20Millwall134362125-415
21Oldham14365915-615
22Chesterfield133371618-212
23Coventry132651016-612
24Shrewsbury142481324-1110
View full League One table

Top Stories