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Coventry City 0-3 Swindon Town

Andy Williams
Andy Williams's brace took him to 17 League One goals for the season

Swindon Town returned to the top of League One with a comprehensive victory over struggling Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena.

Andy Williams's early first-half double - the first a flying header, the second a penalty - set the Robins on their way to a seventh win in nine games.

Substitute Jon Obika rounded the keeper to slot in the third late on, just 46 seconds after coming on.

The game was watched by just 7,098 - the Ricoh's lowest league crowd.

The result lifts Swindon above Bristol City on goal difference at the top of the table. Both have 51 points although Bristol City have a game in hand.

Coventry, who are in 18th place, had a chance to go in front when Swindon keeper Wes Foderingham denied Simeon Jackson at close range in the third minute - but they were then made to pay.

Andy Williams - just too good to be true?
Andy Williams's brace took him to 17 League One goals for the season - just one behind the division's top scorer, Chesterfield's Eoin Doyle.
Since the start of December, Williams has struck eight goals in six matches.

From Harry Toffolo's left-wing cross on eight minutes, Williams timed his near-post run to power in a bullet header.

When Louis Thompson was then bundled over by Coventry striker Frank Nouble 10 minutes later, Williams sent City keeper Ryan Allsop the wrong way from the spot, putting it in his left corner.

Williams and Michael Smith fired narrowly wide as Swindon missed chances to add to their two-goal lead before the break.

Coventry wasted a great opportunity to pull one back after the interval when the dangerous Nouble crossed from the left byline, only for Conor Thomas, on the goal-line, to somehow fail to find the back of the net.

After John Swift had been denied by Allsop's outstretched leg, Obika then settled the outcome nine minutes from time when he rounded the keeper to score.

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Cooper on Coventry v Swindon

Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper told BBC Wiltshire:

"We've had some good away performances - Chesterfield and Leyton Orient spring to mind - but in the first half I thought we were really good.

"I'm just pleased that we showed a lot of people what we're about.

"My biggest worry tonight was that we froze on the tele. But for 70 minutes we played really well."

Line-ups

Coventry

  • 23Allsop
  • 22Pennington
  • 21Martin
  • 4WebsterBooked at 35mins
  • 26Haynes
  • 11O'BrienSubstituted forSwansonat 69'minutes
  • 6Thomas
  • 7FleckBooked at 90mins
  • 12JacksonSubstituted forThomasat 80'minutes
  • 19Nouble
  • 8Madine

Substitutes

  • 1Burge
  • 2Willis
  • 10Swanson
  • 15Miller
  • 16Barton
  • 27Finch
  • 37Thomas

Swindon

  • 1Foderingham
  • 5Stephens
  • 2ThompsonBooked at 43mins
  • 6Turnbull
  • 3Byrne
  • 19Thompson
  • 7Gladwin
  • 15Toffolo
  • 14SwiftSubstituted forRossi Brancoat 67'minutes
  • 9SmithSubstituted forObikaat 81'minutes
  • 10WilliamsSubstituted forHyltonat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 18Barker
  • 20Obika
  • 23Barthram
  • 24Hylton
  • 25Belford
  • 26Rodgers
  • 29Rossi Branco
Referee:
Keith Stroud
Attendance:
7,098

Match Stats

Home TeamCoventryAway TeamSwindon
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home8
Away11
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away2
Fouls
Home21
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Coventry City 0, Swindon Town 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Coventry City 0, Swindon Town 3.

Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Andy Webster.

Jonathan Obika (Swindon Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Andy Webster (Coventry City).

Booking

John Fleck (Coventry City) is shown the yellow card.

Nathan Thompson (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by John Fleck (Coventry City).

Substitution

Substitution, Swindon Town. Jermaine Hylton replaces Andy Williams.

Louis Thompson (Swindon Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by George Thomas (Coventry City).

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Nathan Byrne.

Attempt missed. Nathan Byrne (Swindon Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Nathan Byrne (Swindon Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by John Fleck (Coventry City).

Goal!

Goal! Coventry City 0, Swindon Town 3. Jonathan Obika (Swindon Town) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Swindon Town. Jonathan Obika replaces Michael Smith.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. George Thomas replaces Simeon Jackson.

Louis Thompson (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Conor Thomas (Coventry City).

Corner, Swindon Town. Conceded by Matthew Pennington.

Jack Stephens (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gary Madine (Coventry City).

Andy Williams (Swindon Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Conor Thomas (Coventry City).

Attempt missed. Matthew Pennington (Coventry City) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Conor Thomas (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Louis Thompson (Swindon Town).

Jordan Turnbull (Swindon Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Conor Thomas (Coventry City).

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Danny Swanson replaces Jim O'Brien.

Substitution

Substitution, Swindon Town. Raphael Rossi Branco replaces John Swift.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Jack Stephens.

Attempt missed. Frank Nouble (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Foul by Louis Thompson (Swindon Town).

Frank Nouble (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Louis Thompson (Swindon Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Harry Toffolo (Swindon Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Matthew Pennington (Coventry City).

Attempt missed. John Swift (Swindon Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Monday 12th January 2015

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Swindon25156449242551
2Bristol City24156346222451
3MK Dons23136450242645
4Preston24136537231445
5Bradford2410683228436
6Sheff Utd2310673027336
7Chesterfield249873531435
8Rochdale24104104132934
9Fleetwood259792624234
10Port Vale2595113136-532
11Peterborough2494113031-131
12Notts County238782728-131
13Oldham2371063135-431
14Doncaster238782529-431
15Walsall257992428-430
16Barnsley2385103435-129
17Scunthorpe228593237-529
18Coventry2578102634-829
19Crewe2475122342-1926
20Leyton Orient2467113235-325
21Gillingham2567122940-1125
22Colchester2466122940-1124
23Crawley2459102338-1524
24Yeovil2455141938-1920
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