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Exeter City 1-0 Coventry City

Ryan Harley scored the winner as Exeter moved above Coventry in League Two with a narrow victory at St James Park.

The hosts scored the only goal after seven minutes when a poor clearance by goalkeeper Lee Burge fell to Harley 25 yards out and his lobbed effort went in off the upright.

Coventry responded with a Jack Grimmer shot that was easy for Christy Pym, while Exeter striker Jayden Stockley was just off target with a fine shot from distance.

Harley saw another goalbound effort blocked and as Coventry countered, Pym stood up well to beat away Marc McNulty's effort.

Coventry's best chance fell to Maxime Biamou, who was played in on goal, but Pym again stood up and saved well to preserve Exeter's lead.

McNulty almost capitalised on a Troy Archibald-Henville error, but was denied by Pym, before the striker saw another effort deflect over the bar.

Substitute Jordan Ponticelli clipped the top of the crossbar in stoppage time for Coventry, but the Sky Blues could not force an equaliser and are now eighth, one point below their opponents.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Exeter

  • 1Pym
  • 2Sweeney
  • 18SeaborneSubstituted forWoodmanat 45'minutes
  • 5Archibald-Henville
  • 21Moxey
  • 10HolmesSubstituted forBoatengat 79'minutes
  • 6Tillson
  • 4JamesBooked at 81mins
  • 7Harley
  • 25Taylor
  • 11Stockley

Substitutes

  • 3Woodman
  • 8Simpson
  • 12Jones
  • 19McAlinden
  • 20Jay
  • 22Wilson
  • 44Boateng

Coventry

  • 1Burge
  • 2Grimmer
  • 12Davies
  • 4Willis
  • 3StokesBooked at 45mins
  • 17Maguire-DrewSubstituted forStevensonat 82'minutes
  • 30Bayliss
  • 8Doyle
  • 26ShipleySubstituted forBarrettat 77'minutes
  • 10McNulty
  • 9BiamouSubstituted forPonticelliat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5McDonald
  • 13O'Brien
  • 16Beavon
  • 24Haynes
  • 27Barrett
  • 31Stevenson
  • 38Ponticelli
Referee:
Ben Toner
Attendance:
4,219

Match Stats

Home TeamExeterAway TeamCoventry
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home8
Away20
Shots on Target
Home5
Away10
Corners
Home3
Away9
Fouls
Home11
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Exeter City 1, Coventry City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Exeter City 1, Coventry City 0.

Attempt saved. Tom Bayliss (Coventry City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Craig Woodman.

Foul by Hiram Boateng (Exeter City).

Michael Doyle (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Jordan Tillson (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jordan Willis (Coventry City).

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Craig Woodman.

Attempt blocked. Jordan Ponticelli (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Dean Moxey.

Jordan Ponticelli (Coventry City) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

Attempt missed. Ben Stevenson (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Jayden Stockley (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jack Grimmer (Coventry City).

Attempt saved. Hiram Boateng (Exeter City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Jake Taylor (Exeter City).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Ben Stevenson replaces Jordan Maguire-Drew.

Booking

Lloyd James (Exeter City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Lloyd James (Exeter City).

Tom Bayliss (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Hiram Boateng replaces Lee Holmes.

Troy Archibald-Henville (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jordan Ponticelli (Coventry City).

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Josh Barrett replaces Jordan Shipley.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Chris Stokes.

Attempt saved. Lloyd James (Exeter City) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Tom Bayliss (Coventry City) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Jordan Ponticelli replaces Maxime Biamou.

Attempt saved. Michael Doyle (Coventry City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Lloyd James.

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

Foul by Jake Taylor (Exeter City).

Michael Doyle (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Lee Holmes (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Bayliss (Coventry City).

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Jack Grimmer.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Jack Grimmer.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Luton27166562273554
2Notts County27149446281851
3Accrington26144844301446
4Wycombe27137749361346
5Exeter2614393632445
6Lincoln City27128737261144
7Mansfield27111153829944
8Coventry2713592819944
9Swindon26142103934544
10Newport2711973731642
11Colchester2811893734341
12Cambridge2710892531-638
13Carlisle27107103837137
14Crawley27106112731-436
15Stevenage2797113740-334
16Cheltenham2897123741-434
17Grimsby2897122738-1134
18Port Vale2895143036-632
19Morecambe2778122737-1029
20Crewe2792162942-1329
21Yeovil2777133748-1128
22Chesterfield2866162851-2324
23Forest Green2765162648-2223
24Barnet2755172641-1520
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