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Coventry City 1-0 Bristol Rovers

Coventry defeated play-off hopefuls Bristol Rovers to record back-to-back League One wins for the first time in five months.

Both sides had chances to win an end-to-end game but a combination of good goalkeeping and poor finishing kept it a low-scoring affair.

Rovers arrived at the Ricoh Arena with a vocal 4,000 following, but it was the home side who should have been cheering in the 28th minute when Callum Reilly was put through on goal, only for the midfielder to poke the ball inches wide.

Coventry had Lee Burge to thank after the break for keeping them level, first tipping Ollie Clarke's 54th-minute shot over the bar before getting down low to save Tom Lockyer's effort a minute later.

And it was the Sky Blues who would eventually break the deadlock as striker George Thomas fired into the top corner to keep their faint hopes of avoiding relegation alive.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Coventry

  • 1Burge
  • 2WillisSubstituted forKelly-Evansat 63'minutes
  • 7N Clarke
  • 19Rawson
  • 24Haynes
  • 10JonesSubstituted forLameirasat 76'minutes
  • 5BigirimanaBooked at 90mins
  • 12Reilly
  • 11ReidSubstituted forStokesat 86'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 27G Thomas
  • 16Beavon

Substitutes

  • 3Stokes
  • 4Turnbull
  • 8Lameiras
  • 9Vernam
  • 23Charles-Cook
  • 30Kelly-Evans
  • 31Stevenson

Bristol Rovers

  • 31Lumley
  • 15J ClarkeSubstituted forLeadbitterat 45'minutesBooked at 65mins
  • 4LockyerBooked at 37mins
  • 35BurnSubstituted forHarrisat 65'minutes
  • 3Brown
  • 23Bodin
  • 8O Clarke
  • 14Lines
  • 24Sinclair
  • 29James
  • 30GaffneySubstituted forMooreat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Mildenhall
  • 2Leadbitter
  • 7Mansell
  • 16Harris
  • 17Easter
  • 21Montaño
  • 22Moore
Referee:
Graham Horwood
Attendance:
11,946

Match Stats

Home TeamCoventryAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home10
Away14
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home15
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Coventry City 1, Bristol Rovers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Coventry City 1, Bristol Rovers 0.

Attempt missed. Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Booking

Gael Bigirimana (Coventry City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Byron Moore (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gael Bigirimana (Coventry City).

Stuart Beavon (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Daniel Leadbitter (Bristol Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Chris Stokes replaces Kyel Reid.

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

Goal!

Goal! Coventry City 1, Bristol Rovers 0. George Thomas (Coventry City) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ruben Lameiras.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Ruben Lameiras replaces Jodi Jones.

Attempt missed. Jodi Jones (Coventry City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Byron Moore (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Robert Harris (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Dion Kelly-Evans (Coventry City).

Attempt saved. Billy Bodin (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Robert Harris replaces Jonathan Burn.

Booking

Daniel Leadbitter (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ryan Haynes (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Daniel Leadbitter (Bristol Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Dion Kelly-Evans replaces Jordan Willis because of an injury.

George Thomas (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

Foul by Callum Reilly (Coventry City).

Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Jodi Jones.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Gael Bigirimana.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Daniel Leadbitter.

Delay in match Jonathan Burn (Bristol Rovers) because of an injury.

Callum Reilly (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers).

Attempt blocked. Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Lee Burge.

Attempt saved. Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt blocked. George Thomas (Coventry City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Chris Lines (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Stuart Beavon (Coventry City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Lee Brown.

Foul by Jodi Jones (Coventry City).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd392310674443079
2Bolton39229862342875
3Fleetwood391912855361969
4Bradford391618552361666
5Scunthorpe3918101166462064
6Southend3917121060471363
7Millwall381612105345860
8Rochdale38169136155657
9Bristol Rovers401512135859-157
10Oxford Utd39168155146556
11Peterborough401510155554155
12Walsall391314124749-253
13Wimbledon391215124948151
14Northampton40148185763-650
15MK Dons391212154849-148
16Charlton391017124946347
17Bury401210185764-746
18Oldham401015152739-1245
19Gillingham401112175168-1745
20Shrewsbury391110184155-1443
21Port Vale381012164259-1742
22Swindon40109214159-1839
23Chesterfield4089233866-2833
24Coventry40711223360-2732
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