League One
CoventryCoventry City1Port ValePort Vale0

Coventry City 1-0 Port Vale

James Maddison
James Maddison is only in his second season as a professional

Substitute James Maddison's fantastic late strike earned Coventry a hard-fought victory over Port Vale.

The visitors had the best chance of the first half as Ajay Leitch-Smith's drilled shot cannoned off the post.

Sam Foley should have given Vale the lead but he ballooned his shot over the bar from close range.

With the game seemingly heading for a draw, Maddison danced his way past two Vale defenders before unleashing a shot into the net to seal the win.

Coventry remain unbeaten at home in League One this season.

Sky Blues manager Tony Mowbray told BBC Coventry & Warwickshire:

"For the group it was a very important win. I think they knew how important it was, but they started the game like we'd all had too much turkey yesterday.

"It wasn't just me - there was a discussion at half-time to get us going, and the second half was a lot better.

"The points are important. The days when you don't play so well but get the points are always huge. On the second-half display, we deserved to take the three points."

Line-ups

Coventry

  • 23Charles-Cook
  • 17Phillips
  • 21Martin
  • 18Ricketts
  • 3Stokes
  • 4VincelotBooked at 90mins
  • 19Bigirimana
  • 8LameirasSubstituted forMaddisonat 73'minutes
  • 14ColeSubstituted forO'Brienat 73'minutes
  • 25MurphyBooked at 72minsSubstituted forKentat 83'minutes
  • 9Armstrong

Substitutes

  • 1Burge
  • 10Maddison
  • 11O'Brien
  • 20Tudgay
  • 26Haynes
  • 32Fortuné
  • 40Kent

Port Vale

  • 21Alnwick
  • 2PurkissBooked at 79mins
  • 5McGivern
  • 6Duffy
  • 3Dickinson
  • 19MooreSubstituted forBirchallat 73'minutes
  • 8O'Connor
  • 42GrantBooked at 90mins
  • 11FoleySubstituted forIkpeazuat 86'minutes
  • 14Daniel
  • 20Leitch-SmithSubstituted forHooperat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Neal
  • 4Streete
  • 7Birchall
  • 9Ikpeazu
  • 15Hooper
  • 16Yates
  • 18Kelly
Referee:
Robert Lewis
Attendance:
17,779

Match Stats

Home TeamCoventryAway TeamPort Vale
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home9
Away6
Shots on Target
Home2
Away0
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Coventry City 1, Port Vale 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Coventry City 1, Port Vale 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Ryan McGivern.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Ryan McGivern.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ryan Kent (Coventry City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  6. Booking

    Romain Vincelot (Coventry City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Romain Vincelot (Coventry City).

  8. Post update

    JJ Hooper (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by Richard Duffy (Port Vale).

  11. Post update

    Corner, Port Vale. Conceded by Ryan Kent.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Kent (Coventry City).

  13. Post update

    Michael O'Connor (Port Vale) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Booking

    Anthony Grant (Port Vale) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  15. Post update

    James Maddison (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Anthony Grant (Port Vale).

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Colin Daniel (Port Vale) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Port Vale. Uche Ikpeazu replaces Sam Foley.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Adam Armstrong (Coventry City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Coventry City. Ryan Kent replaces Jacob Murphy.