League One
WalsallWalsall0CoventryCoventry City1
By Ged ScottBBC Sport at the Banks's Stadium
Franck Moussa

Franck Moussa struck the only goal of the game as Coventry City claimed their fourth win in five matches with victory at Walsall.

The Sky Blues midfielder slotted his seventh of the season from close range on 54 minutes after home keeper Richard O'Donnell had brilliantly kept out Leon Clarke's header.

Coventry came close to a late clinching second at the Banks's Stadium.

But O'Donnell went low to his right to turn aside Callum Wilson's shot.

Both sides had chances to break the first-half deadlock.

Moussa fired just wide for the visitors, before City top scorer Wilson's shot was blocked.

But visiting keeper Joe Murphy then made a great late first-half save, diving to his left to keep out Craig Westcarr's 20-yard free-kick before home skipper Andy Butler's low shot was deflected wide.

Coventry, watched by 2,138 away fans - more than turn up to watch home matches at Sixfields - climb to 13th in League One, while Walsall drop out of the top six after their second home defeat of the season.

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Sky Blues manager Steven Pressley told BBC Coventry and Warwickshire:

"I thought it was an excellent away performance. We nullified them to next to no chances, and that was a testament to our players' work rate.

"We seemed very much together as a team and supporters together at the end there.

"It's been a wonderful run of games and for us to come through October with no defeats is incredible. At this moment in time our players deserve so much credit."

Line-ups

Walsall

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 15ChambersBooked at 67mins
  • 3Taylor
  • 6Featherstone
  • 12Downing
  • 4Butler
  • 8Mantom
  • 7Chambers
  • 11HemmingsSubstituted forSawyersat 81'minutes
  • 16BaxendaleSubstituted forGrayat 63'minutes
  • 10WestcarrSubstituted forHewittat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Purkiss
  • 9Lalkovic
  • 13Lewis
  • 14Benning
  • 24Hewitt
  • 25Sawyers
  • 27Gray

Coventry

  • 1Murphy
  • 18Phillips
  • 3Adams
  • 6Thomas
  • 4Webster
  • 24Clarke
  • 8BakerSubstituted forDanielsat 90+3'minutes
  • 7FleckBooked at 41mins
  • 9Clarke
  • 20C Wilson
  • 14MoussaSubstituted forBartonat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 13Burge
  • 16Barton
  • 17Daniels
  • 21Loza
  • 25Urquhart
  • 30Garner
  • 31Haynes
Referee:
Gavin Ward
Attendance:
6,519

Match Stats

Home TeamWalsallAway TeamCoventry
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home6
Away9
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away10
Fouls
Home7
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Walsall 0, Coventry City 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Walsall 0, Coventry City 1.

  3. Post update

    James Chambers (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Blair Adams (Coventry City).

  5. Post update

    Foul by Paul Downing (Walsall).

  6. Post update

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

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Coventry City. Billy Daniels replaces Carl Baker.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Adam Barton.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Richard O'Donnell.

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by Romaine Sawyers (Walsall).

  12. Post update

    John Fleck (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  14. Post update

    Sam Mantom (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Conor Thomas (Coventry City).

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Coventry City. Adam Barton replaces Franck Moussa.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Romaine Sawyers (Walsall) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Walsall. Romaine Sawyers replaces Ashley Hemmings.

  19. Post update

    Callum Wilson (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by James Chambers (Walsall).

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