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Coventry City 1-0 Walsall

George Thomas scored the only goal of the game as Coventry City climbed off the foot of the table with victory over 10-man Walsall.

The young striker, who also got the winning goal when Coventry won the EFL Trophy at Wembley earlier this month, netted seven minutes before the interval to bring a welcome win for Mark Robins' side.

Coventry, who have been in the relegation zone since November and bottom for three months, had already been condemned to relegation. But, with just a game left, they at least climb above Chesterfield, who lost at home to Charlton.

The Saddlers should have taken the lead in the 32nd minute when Matt Preston headed wide from inside the area. And he was quickly made to pay when, on 38 minutes, Thomas stroked the ball home from the edge of a crowded penalty area.

Gael Bigirimana headed off the line from Eoghan O'Connell 11 minutes into the second half, while the home side survived strong claims for a penalty when the ball hit the hand of Jordan Willis.

In only his third game back after a month out through injury, Walsall then had O'Connell sent off for a second yellow card with 20 minutes remaining, ruling him out of the mid-table Saddlers' home game with relegation battlers Port Vale on Tuesday night.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Coventry

  • 23Charles-Cook
  • 21FoleySubstituted forKelly-Evansat 85'minutes
  • 2Willis
  • 4Turnbull
  • 3StokesSubstituted forRawsonat 75'minutes
  • 5Bigirimana
  • 13GadzhevSubstituted forShipleyat 84'minutes
  • 27G Thomas
  • 8Lameiras
  • 10Jones
  • 20Tudgay

Substitutes

  • 1Burge
  • 11Reid
  • 14Thomas
  • 17Folivi
  • 19Rawson
  • 30Kelly-Evans
  • 36Shipley

Walsall

  • 13MacGillivray
  • 4O'Connor
  • 16Preston
  • 32O'ConnellBooked at 70mins
  • 5McCarthy
  • 14OsbourneSubstituted forDobsonat 45'minutes
  • 7Chambers
  • 11MorrisSubstituted forCandlinat 69'minutes
  • 2Edwards
  • 20Bakayoko
  • 33MakrisSubstituted forOztumerat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Dobson
  • 9Jackson
  • 10Oztumer
  • 24Roberts
  • 35Hayles-Docherty
  • 36Candlin
  • 37Ganley
Referee:
Darren Drysdale
Attendance:
9,284

Match Stats

Home TeamCoventryAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home15
Away10
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home6
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Coventry City 1, Walsall 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Coventry City 1, Walsall 0.

Attempt missed. Jordan Shipley (Coventry City) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

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

Attempt blocked. Joe Edwards (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Jordan Turnbull.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Farrend Rawson.

Delay in match Erhun Oztumer (Walsall) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Dion Kelly-Evans replaces Kevin Foley.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Jordan Shipley replaces Vladimir Gadzhev.

Gael Bigirimana (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Mitchell Candlin (Walsall).

Attempt blocked. Amadou Bakayoko (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. George Thomas (Coventry City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

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

Foul by Jason McCarthy (Walsall).

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Farrend Rawson replaces Chris Stokes because of an injury.

Foul by Vladimir Gadzhev (Coventry City).

George Dobson (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Eoghan O'Connell (Walsall) for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Eoghan O'Connell (Walsall).

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Mitchell Candlin replaces Kieron Morris.

Attempt missed. George Thomas (Coventry City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

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

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

Jodi Jones (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matt Preston (Walsall).

Attempt missed. Marcus Tudgay (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

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

Attempt blocked. Amadou Bakayoko (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Chris Stokes.

Attempt blocked. Eoghan O'Connell (Walsall) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Vladimir Gadzhev.

Attempt blocked. Erhun Oztumer (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Eoghan O'Connell (Walsall) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Jordan Turnbull (Coventry City).

Amadou Bakayoko (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Jodi Jones (Coventry City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Matt Preston (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sheff Utd452910689454497
2Bolton4524111065362983
3Fleetwood4523121064432181
4Scunthorpe4523101277532479
5Bradford452018761421978
6Millwall451913136254870
7Southend4519121469531669
8Rochdale451911157061968
9Oxford Utd451991763521166
10Bristol Rovers451812156566-166
11Peterborough451711176259362
12MK Dons451513175657-158
13Walsall441416145053-358
14Charlton451318145753457
15Wimbledon451317155255-356
16Northampton451410216073-1352
17Oldham451216173144-1352
18Shrewsbury451312204661-1551
19Bury451311216172-1150
20Gillingham451213205979-2049
21Port Vale441112214470-2645
22Swindon451111234463-1944
23Coventry45912243665-2939
24Chesterfield45910264175-3437
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