League Two
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Coventry City 1-0 Port Vale

Jodi Jones' stunning first-half strike earned Coventry City a narrow League Two win at home to struggling Port Vale.

Jones curled in the only goal as promotion hopefuls City picked up a first win in four attempts, while Vale's fifth straight league defeat relegated them to the foot of the table.

It should have been a much more emphatic victory after the in-form Jones fired in his fourth goal of the season from the edge of the box after 24 minutes, but the Sky Blues failed to convert a number of second-half chances.

Antony Kay was inches away from equalising for Vale when he thumped a header against the crossbar.

But Michael Doyle and Liam Kelly both went close for Coventry at the start of the second half, before Kelly headed over, while Stuart Beavon and Doyle again came close.

City were left clinging on in the final nine minutes after Rod McDonald was sent off for a lunging tackle on David Worrall. But goalkeeper Lee Burge saved well to deny Marcus Harness.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Coventry

  • 1Burge
  • 2Grimmer
  • 4Willis
  • 5McDonaldBooked at 81mins
  • 3Stokes
  • 6Kelly
  • 8Doyle
  • 11Jones
  • 19AndreuSubstituted forNazonat 68'minutes
  • 7VincentiBooked at 84mins
  • 10McNultySubstituted forBeavonat 29'minutesSubstituted forDaviesat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Davies
  • 13O'Brien
  • 16Beavon
  • 18Nazon
  • 22Kelly-Evans
  • 28Maycock
  • 38Ponticelli

Port Vale

  • 1LaintonSubstituted forHornbyat 60'minutes
  • 5Davis
  • 6Kay
  • 24Smith
  • 33Gunning
  • 35MiddletonBooked at 71minsSubstituted forde Freitasat 83'minutes
  • 10Worrall
  • 31Whitfield
  • 7Myers-Harness
  • 9Pope
  • 14BarnettSubstituted forPykeat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Wilson
  • 3Denton
  • 4Anderson
  • 12Hornby
  • 19Turner
  • 22Pyke
  • 28de Freitas
Referee:
Brett Huxtable
Attendance:
6,951

Match Stats

Home TeamCoventryAway TeamPort Vale
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home12
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home1
Away3
Fouls
Home15
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Coventry City 1, Port Vale 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Coventry City 1, Port Vale 0.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Chris Stokes.

Attempt saved. Tom Pope (Port Vale) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Jack Grimmer.

Chris Stokes (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rekeil Pyke (Port Vale).

Attempt missed. Jodi Jones (Coventry City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left.

Foul by Jodi Jones (Coventry City).

Ben Whitfield (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Duckens Nazon (Coventry City).

Nathan Smith (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Jack Grimmer (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Nathan Smith (Port Vale).

Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Lee Burge.

Attempt saved. Marcus Myers-Harness (Port Vale) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the centre of the goal.

Tom Davies (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Marcus Myers-Harness (Port Vale).

Booking

Peter Vincenti (Coventry City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Peter Vincenti (Coventry City).

Ben Whitfield (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. David Worrall (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Port Vale. Anthony de Freitas replaces Harry Middleton.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Tom Davies replaces Stuart Beavon.

Dismissal

Rod McDonald (Coventry City) is shown the red card.

Foul by Rod McDonald (Coventry City).

David Worrall (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Liam Kelly (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Marcus Myers-Harness (Port Vale).

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Antony Kay.

Attempt blocked. Ben Whitfield (Port Vale) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Ben Whitfield (Port Vale) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Peter Vincenti (Coventry City).

Attempt saved. Duckens Nazon (Coventry City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Booking

Harry Middleton (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Stuart Beavon (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Harry Middleton (Port Vale).

Attempt blocked. Liam Kelly (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Tom Pope (Port Vale).

Jack Grimmer (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Exeter6510115616
2Accrington6411148613
3Notts County6411117413
4Crewe6321105511
5Stevenage6321107311
6Wycombe63211311211
7Barnet6312106410
8Coventry631263310
9Swindon631289-110
10Mansfield623112849
11Lincoln City62319639
12Newport62319639
13Luton622213858
14Colchester6213101007
15Cambridge621346-27
16Carlisle6213811-37
17Yeovil62131016-67
18Crawley620478-16
19Grimsby6204813-56
20Morecambe612347-35
21Cheltenham6114510-54
22Forest Green6114918-94
23Chesterfield6114514-94
24Port Vale610559-43
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