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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

Match ends, Coventry City 1, Fleetwood Town 2.

Full Time

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

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Jack Stephens.

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

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

Foul by Eggert Jónsson (Fleetwood Town).

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

Foul by Devante Cole (Fleetwood Town).

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.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Shola Ameobi replaces Wes Burns.

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

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

Foul by Eggert Jónsson (Fleetwood Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Jack Sowerby replaces Antoni Sarcevic.

Booking

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

Foul by John Fleck (Coventry City).

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

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

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.

Attempt missed. Ruben Lameiras (Coventry City) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

Foul by Sam Ricketts (Coventry City).

Antoni Sarcevic (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Devante Cole (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Devante Cole replaces Ashley Hunter.

Foul by Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Coventry City).

Amari'i Bell (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marcus Tudgay (Coventry City).

Eggert Jónsson (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Marcus Tudgay replaces Jacob Murphy.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Ruben Lameiras replaces Joe Cole.

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Marc-Antoine Fortuné replaces James Maddison.

Foul by Joe Cole (Coventry City).

Antoni Sarcevic (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Ashley Hunter (Fleetwood Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Joe Cole (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Marcus Nilsson (Fleetwood Town).

Attempt blocked. Antoni Sarcevic (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Sam Ricketts.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Burton32204842271564
2Wigan331711555302562
3Gillingham33177959411858
4Walsall321610649331658
5Millwall331661152411154
6Coventry321410856352152
7Bradford3214993834451
8Southend33148114542350
9Barnsley33154145245749
10Sheff Utd33139114744348
11Port Vale34139123838048
12Swindon33136145151045
13Rochdale33129124444045
14Scunthorpe32136133840-245
15Peterborough33135155652444
16Bury33128134254-1244
17Doncaster32910133642-637
18Chesterfield33114184453-937
19Fleetwood3299143840-236
20Blackpool3397173242-1034
21Shrewsbury3297163751-1434
22Oldham32615113243-1133
23Crewe33610173558-2328
24Colchester3359194078-3824
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