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Coventry City 1-2 Fleetwood Town

Fleetwood's first win over Coventry was a personal triumph for former Sky Blues boss Steven Pressley on his return to the Ricoh Arena
Fleetwood's first win over Coventry was a personal triumph for ex-City boss Steven Pressley on his return

Steven Pressley's Fleetwood earned a key win in their battle against League One relegation as he marked his return to the Ricoh Arena with victory over his old club Coventry City.

Fleetwood took a 56th-minute lead when Wes Burns headed in David Ball's cross.

The Sky Blues hit back to level when substitute Marcus Tudgay fired in on 75 minutes from Adam Armstrong's cut-back.

But Ball fired in an 83rd-minute winner from 20 yards to send Fleetwood two points clear of the relegation zone.

Pressley was making his first return to the Ricoh Arena since being sacked in February 2015.

While Pressley's Cod Army climb to 19th, his former club Coventry remain sixth, 12 points adrift of leaders Burton Albion ahead of Tuesday night's trip to Barnsley.

Fleetwood now have four of their next five games at home, but all of them are against promotion-chasing sides, including three of the current top four.

Sky Blues boss Tony Mowbray told BBC Coventry & Warwickshire:

"We huffed and puffed and didn't quite blow their house down. They're a decent football team and probably in a false position.

"It's frustrating for us, especially when we got back to 1-1 and we should have gone on to win from there.

"But we have to accept it and put the defeat behind us."

Fleetwood manager Steven Pressley:

"I'm very proud of my players. The only disappointment that I have is that it was only 2-1 in the end, because it should have been much, much more than that.

"It wasn't just the win that impressed me, it was the manner of it. It's difficult as a manager to individualise any player after such a performance, because it was one of real quality.

"The reaction was terrific after the setback we had at Rochdale on Tuesday evening, but to take six points from nine is a good achievement."

Line-ups

Coventry

  • 23Charles-Cook
  • 18Ricketts
  • 15Stephens
  • 38Cargill
  • 3Stokes
  • 4VincelotBooked at 22mins
  • 7FleckBooked at 78mins
  • 25MurphySubstituted forTudgayat 65'minutes
  • 10MaddisonSubstituted forFortunéat 65'minutes
  • 14ColeSubstituted forLameirasat 65'minutes
  • 9Armstrong

Substitutes

  • 8Lameiras
  • 12Lorentzson
  • 16Rose
  • 20Tudgay
  • 22Ramage
  • 32Fortuné
  • 43Addai

Fleetwood

  • 1Maxwell
  • 15Nirennold
  • 31Nilsson
  • 47Davis
  • 7Bell
  • 18SarcevicSubstituted forSowerbyat 78'minutes
  • 5Jónsson
  • 8Ryan
  • 23Ball
  • 11BurnsSubstituted forAmeobiat 82'minutes
  • 22HunterSubstituted forColeat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Ameobi
  • 14Grant
  • 27Haughton
  • 28Sowerby
  • 30Harris
  • 40Gogic
  • 44Cole
Referee:
Andy Davies
Attendance:
11,160

Match Stats

Home TeamCoventryAway TeamFleetwood
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home19
Away15
Shots on Target
Home3
Away7
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home12
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Coventry City 1, Fleetwood Town 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Coventry City 1, Fleetwood Town 2.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Jack Stephens.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Victor Nirennold (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  5. Post update

    Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Eggert Jónsson (Fleetwood Town).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Devante Cole (Fleetwood Town).

  9. Goal!

    Goal! Coventry City 1, Fleetwood Town 2. David Ball (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jimmy Ryan (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Shola Ameobi replaces Wes Burns.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Baily Cargill (Coventry City) header from the centre of the box is too high from a direct free kick.

  13. Post update

    Ruben Lameiras (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Eggert Jónsson (Fleetwood Town).

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Jack Sowerby replaces Antoni Sarcevic.

  16. Booking

    John Fleck (Coventry City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  17. Post update

    Foul by John Fleck (Coventry City).

  18. Post update

    David Ball (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Romain Vincelot (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  20. Goal!

    Goal! Coventry City 1, Fleetwood Town 1. Marcus Tudgay (Coventry City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Adam Armstrong.