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Coventry City 0-2 Preston North End

Preston striker Joe Garner
Garner has now scored four goals in as many games

Two goals in the space of five second-half minutes gave Preston a valuable victory at Coventry.

Captain Tom Clarke gave Simon Grayson's side the lead in the 62nd minute when he got on the end of a free-kick to side-foot home coolly.

It was 2-0 soon after when Seb Hines fouled Joe Garner in the box and the Preston striker converted the penalty.

It could have been worse for the Sky Blues, with Ryan Haynes twice called upon to make last-ditch blocks.

After successive victories on their homecoming at the start of September, the Sky Blues' third straight defeat was their first since returning to the Ricoh Arena.

Sky Blues manager Steven Pressley told BBC Coventry & Warwickshire:

"Three straight losses is not good enough. That type of performance isn't good enough for Coventry City at home. It's a performance I take responsibility for because I'm the manager.

"We need to show more belief in ourselves, and that's up to me to sort out. Once we lost the goal it sucked the confidence out of us."

"We looked lacking in confidence and didn't play with the fluency I continue to talk about. We have to show unity and turn this corner. We have to turn that into a positive performance very quickly."

Line-ups

Coventry

  • 23Allsop
  • 25HinesBooked at 76mins
  • 2Willis
  • 4WebsterSubstituted forMillerat 74'minutes
  • 11O'Brien
  • 26HaynesBooked at 61mins
  • 10SwansonBooked at 11minsSubstituted forCoulibalyat 64'minutesBooked at 79mins
  • 24Clarke
  • 7Fleck
  • 12JacksonSubstituted forMcQuoidat 64'minutes
  • 20Tudgay

Substitutes

  • 1Burge
  • 3Pugh
  • 9McQuoid
  • 14Coulibaly
  • 15Miller
  • 18Phillips
  • 27Finch

Preston

  • 1Jones
  • 5Clarke
  • 16Buchanan
  • 4WisemanBooked at 85minsSubstituted forWoodsat 85'minutes
  • 6Wright
  • 12GallagherSubstituted forRobinsonat 77'minutes
  • 8Kilkenny
  • 7HumphreySubstituted forReidat 72'minutes
  • 30Brownhill
  • 31Browne
  • 14Garner

Substitutes

  • 3Laird
  • 15Woods
  • 17Reid
  • 21Stuckmann
  • 22King
  • 24Hayhurst
  • 27Robinson
Referee:
Tim Robinson
Attendance:
10,006

Match Stats

Home TeamCoventryAway TeamPreston
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home4
Away10
Shots on Target
Home0
Away4
Corners
Home1
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Coventry City 0, Preston North End 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Coventry City 0, Preston North End 2.

Mohamed Coulibaly (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by David Buchanan (Preston North End).

Attempt saved. Callum Robinson (Preston North End) right footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the centre of the goal.

Ryan Haynes (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kyel Reid (Preston North End).

Josh McQuoid (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Neil Kilkenny (Preston North End).

Attempt missed. Marcus Tudgay (Coventry City) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Callum Robinson.

Mohamed Coulibaly (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Buchanan (Preston North End).

Marcus Tudgay (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Calum Woods (Preston North End).

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Calum Woods replaces Scott Wiseman.

Booking

Scott Wiseman (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by John Fleck.

Foul by Sebastian Hines (Coventry City).

Joe Garner (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Mohamed Coulibaly (Coventry City) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Mohamed Coulibaly (Coventry City).

Joe Garner (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. David Buchanan (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Callum Robinson replaces Paul Gallagher because of an injury.

Booking

Sebastian Hines (Coventry City) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Sebastian Hines (Coventry City).

Joe Garner (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Shaun Miller replaces Andy Webster.

Delay in match Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) because of an injury.

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

Foul by Joe Garner (Preston North End).

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Kyel Reid replaces Chris Humphrey.

Foul by Marcus Tudgay (Coventry City).

Alan Browne (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Sebastian Hines (Coventry City) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

Marcus Tudgay (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Paul Gallagher (Preston North End).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bristol City107302191224
2Peterborough10613149519
3Swindon953120101018
4MK Dons95132314916
5Rochdale105141911816
6Preston9441169716
7Sheff Utd95131313016
8Chesterfield94321612415
9Bradford104331311215
10Oldham103521211114
11Fleetwood1034398113
12Crawley10415612-613
13Gillingham103341214-212
14Coventry103341012-212
15Yeovil103341014-412
16Notts County925287111
17Walsall10253910-111
18Doncaster9324914-511
19Leyton Orient92431011-110
20Colchester102351213-19
21Barnsley92341316-39
22Port Vale102351117-69
23Scunthorpe102171023-137
24Crewe9117824-164
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