League One
CoventryCoventry City3Sheff UtdSheffield United2

Coventry City 3-2 Sheffield United

Leon Clarke

Leon Clarke's brace helped Coventry City to a win against Sheffield United,

Clarke guided home Blair Adams' deflected cross early on, and Callum Wilson's finish into the top corner put the Sky Blues 2-0 up at the break.

City were in control when Clarke added a third, curling home low inside the box from Franck Moussa's neat lay-off.

However, Lyle Taylor's fierce free-kick and glancing header for the Blades set up a tense finish, but City held out.

Former captain and current under-21 coach Chris Morgan was handed the United reins alongside goalkeeping coach Darren Ward and academy chief Travis Binnion for the trip to Northampton's Sixfields, where opponents City are tenants.

The trio would have been pleased by a second-half fightback when the match seemed lost, although their winless run - now 10 league games - means they are bottom of the League One table after Tranmere's win at Bradford.

From City's perspective the move to Northampton - made by owners SISU - remains unpopular with Coventry supporters who have staged protests outside the ground at 'home' matches.

But their form in such games has been pivotal to their overhauling a 10-point deduction for their holding company being placed in administration.

Four wins from six at their unlikely home have propelled Steven Pressley's side on to 10 points and up to 16th place, a tally that without the deduction would put them among the play-off pack.

Line-ups

Coventry

  • 1Murphy
  • 19WillisBooked at 75minsSubstituted forPhillipsat 77'minutes
  • 3AdamsBooked at 88mins
  • 6Thomas
  • 4WebsterBooked at 38mins
  • 24Clarke
  • 8BakerSubstituted forDanielsat 67'minutes
  • 7Fleck
  • 9Clarke
  • 20C Wilson
  • 14MoussaSubstituted forBartonat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Manset
  • 13Burge
  • 16Barton
  • 17Daniels
  • 18Phillips
  • 30Garner
  • 31Haynes

Sheff Utd

  • 25Long
  • 2Westlake
  • 6Hill
  • 17Coady
  • 5MaguireBooked at 45mins
  • 15Collins
  • 7FlynnSubstituted forHallat 73'minutes
  • 8DoyleBooked at 89mins
  • 18KingSubstituted forMcGinnat 57'minutes
  • 11BaxterSubstituted forTaylorat 41'minutes
  • 19Brandy

Substitutes

  • 1Howard
  • 4Hall
  • 10Taylor
  • 14McGinn
  • 22Lappin
  • 23Murphy
  • 24Ironside
Referee:
Kevin Friend
Attendance:
2,078

Match Stats

Home TeamCoventryAway TeamSheff Utd
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home14
Away13
Shots on Target
Home6
Away6
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home15
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Coventry City 3, Sheffield United 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Coventry City 3, Sheffield United 2.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Conor Coady.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Michael Doyle.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. John Fleck (Coventry City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Leon Clarke.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Leon Clarke (Coventry City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Andy Webster with a through ball.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Stephen McGinn (Sheffield United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ryan Hall with a cross.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Conor Thomas (Coventry City).

  9. Post update

    Febian Brandy (Sheffield United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Offside, Coventry City. Leon Clarke tries a through ball, but Callum Wilson is caught offside.

  11. Booking

    Michael Doyle (Sheffield United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  12. Post update

    Andy Webster (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Michael Doyle (Sheffield United).

  14. Post update

    Offside, Sheffield United. Darryl Westlake tries a through ball, but Harry Maguire is caught offside.

  15. Booking

    Blair Adams (Coventry City) is shown the yellow card.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Adam Barton (Coventry City).

  17. Post update

    Ryan Hall (Sheffield United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  18. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  19. Post update

    Delay in match Joe Murphy (Coventry City) because of an injury.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Darryl Westlake (Sheffield United) right footed shot from more than 40 yards on the right wing is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ryan Hall.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leyton Orient119202781929
2Peterborough119112381528
3Wolves108112061425
4Bradford116322191221
5Preston115421712519
6Rotherham115421615119
7Swindon115242013717
8MK Dons114431814416
9Crawley104421714316
10Walsall114431211116
11Brentford114341315-215
12Port Vale114251316-314
13Shrewsbury112631213-112
14Colchester112631014-412
15Carlisle103341019-912
16Coventry116232620610
17Gillingham112361319-69
18Crewe112361025-159
19Oldham102261316-38
20Stevenage11227919-108
21Tranmere112271021-118
22Notts County102171319-67
23Bristol City100641521-66
24Sheff Utd11128819-115
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