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Coventry City 4-3 Barnsley

Joe Cole
Former Chelsea and England midfielder Joe Cole joined Coventry City on loan from Aston Villa in October

Joe Cole's first goal for Coventry City helped the Sky Blues to a thrilling victory over Barnsley in League One.

Ryan Kent's solo effort put City ahead before Adam Armstrong turned in Aaron Phillips's cross to double the lead.

Alfie Mawson pulled one back for the Tykes after the break, but Armstrong doubled his tally moments later.

Josh Scowen's low shot gave Barnsley hope, but Cole's free-kick sealed victory, despite Scowen adding his second from the penalty spot late on.

Barnsley remain 22nd after a seventh consecutive league defeat - the club's worst run since losing eight straight matches in the old Second Division in March/April 1959. Coventry stay fourth, but Tony Mowbray's men are now just a point outside the automatic promotion places.

Armstrong's second brace in as many games takes his tally to 12 League One goals, making him now this season's Football League top scorer.

Coventry's good use of the loan system

All four Sky Blues goals were scored by Premier League loan players.

The opener came from Liverpool's Ryan Kent before Newcastle United striker Adam Armstrong's double - and then the fourth from Joe Cole, who is on a 35-day loan from Aston Villa.

Joe Cole told BBC Coventry & Warwickshire:

"It's nice to get on free-kicks, as I've played with many great free-kick takers like David Beckham, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard and I've not taken too many in my career.

"But, most importantly, we got the three points against a side that probably shouldn't be where they are.

"It shows that we should be higher in the leagues. It's up to us players, management and staff to put the club in a higher position, particularly with the facilities and the city."

Line-ups

Coventry

  • 23Charles-Cook
  • 17Phillips
  • 21Martin
  • 18Ricketts
  • 3Stokes
  • 4VincelotBooked at 90mins
  • 7Fleck
  • 40KentSubstituted forTudgayat 70'minutes
  • 14ColeSubstituted forMurphyat 62'minutes
  • 11O'BrienSubstituted forLameirasat 61'minutes
  • 9Armstrong

Substitutes

  • 1Burge
  • 6Thomas
  • 8Lameiras
  • 20Tudgay
  • 25Murphy
  • 26Haynes
  • 32Fortuné

Barnsley

  • 1Davies
  • 32WabaraBooked at 12mins
  • 4Roberts
  • 5Nyatanga
  • 3Smith
  • 26MawsonBooked at 59mins
  • 7Scowen
  • 34Isgrove
  • 19PearsonBooked at 90mins
  • 12SmithSubstituted forWilkinsonat 59'minutesBooked at 82mins
  • 9WinnallSubstituted forJacksonat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Bree
  • 11Jackson
  • 13Townsend
  • 16Maris
  • 17Abbott
  • 18Wilkinson
  • 29Templeton
Referee:
Michael Bull
Attendance:
10,954

Match Stats

Home TeamCoventryAway TeamBarnsley
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home13
Away15
Shots on Target
Home8
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away9
Fouls
Home10
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Coventry City 4, Barnsley 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Coventry City 4, Barnsley 3.

Booking

Romain Vincelot (Coventry City) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Ben Pearson (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Coventry City 4, Barnsley 3. Josh Scowen (Barnsley) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty conceded by Aaron Phillips (Coventry City) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

Ruben Lameiras (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by George Smith (Barnsley).

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Lewin Nyatanga.

Attempt blocked. Marcus Tudgay (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Marcus Tudgay (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Jacob Murphy (Coventry City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Marc Roberts.

Foul by Romain Vincelot (Coventry City).

Simeon Jackson (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Alfie Mawson (Barnsley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by Josh Scowen (Barnsley).

Romain Vincelot (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay in match Chris Stokes (Coventry City) because of an injury.

Foul by Conor Wilkinson (Barnsley).

Chris Stokes (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnsley. Simeon Jackson replaces Sam Winnall.

Booking

Conor Wilkinson (Barnsley) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Romain Vincelot (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Conor Wilkinson (Barnsley).

Attempt blocked. Ben Pearson (Barnsley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by Marcus Tudgay (Coventry City).

Lloyd Isgrove (Barnsley) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Aaron Martin (Coventry City).

Conor Wilkinson (Barnsley) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Hand ball by Josh Scowen (Barnsley).

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Marcus Tudgay replaces Ryan Kent.

Sam Ricketts (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Conor Wilkinson (Barnsley).

Attempt blocked. Sam Winnall (Barnsley) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Conor Wilkinson (Barnsley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Aaron Martin.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Jacob Murphy.

Corner, Barnsley. Conceded by Sam Ricketts.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Walsall1695228141432
2Burton1610241613332
3Gillingham1694331181331
4Coventry1694329171231
5Wigan167632618827
6Bury167632824427
7Millwall167452423125
8Sheff Utd167362622424
9Bradford166641718-124
10Scunthorpe167272118323
11Chesterfield167272223-123
12Southend166551718-123
13Peterborough166373227521
14Rochdale165652018221
15Port Vale165561818020
16Colchester165562534-920
17Shrewsbury165291923-417
18Doncaster164571322-917
19Oldham1621041723-616
20Blackpool164481523-816
21Fleetwood164391924-515
22Barnsley1642101927-814
23Swindon163492027-713
24Crewe163491424-1013
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