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Coventry City 2-1 Cheltenham Town

Marc McNulty fired Coventry back into the League Two play-off spots with the decisive goal in a 2-1 win over Cheltenham.

The Sky Blues have seen their promotion push falter in recent weeks, with just one league win in their past five, but they got back to winning ways at the Ricoh Arena courtesy of McNulty's fourth goal in five games.

Tom Bayliss got the hosts off to the perfect start with the opening goal after two minutes, only for Mohamed Eisa to cancel out his effort before the break.

But, with just a quarter of an hour remaining, forward McNulty popped up with the winner.

McNulty was unfortunate not to open the scoring as his strike was blocked into the path of Bayliss, whose deflected effort looped over goalkeeper Scott Flinders.

It should have been two shortly afterwards when Max Biamou fired wide.

Coventry keeper Lee Burge did really well to deny Eisa, before the striker did beat him in the 34th minute to level proceedings.

A loose ball fell kindly to the forward, who dropped his shoulder to beat his man before smashing home.

City were not to be denied, though, and McNulty neatly chipped Flinders after a superb lofted through ball from Duckens Nazon.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Coventry

  • 1Burge
  • 2Grimmer
  • 4Willis
  • 5McDonaldSubstituted forDaviesat 45'minutes
  • 3Stokes
  • 30BaylissBooked at 42mins
  • 8Doyle
  • 7VincentiSubstituted forNazonat 70'minutes
  • 10McNultySubstituted forKelly-Evansat 86'minutes
  • 26Shipley
  • 9Biamou

Substitutes

  • 12Davies
  • 13O'Brien
  • 16Beavon
  • 18Nazon
  • 22Kelly-Evans
  • 24Haynes
  • 31Stevenson

Cheltenham

  • 24Flinders
  • 11Winchester
  • 2Grimes
  • 15Boyle
  • 14O'ShaughnessyBooked at 79mins
  • 8Dawson
  • 7PellBooked at 60mins
  • 4StorerBooked at 89mins
  • 25Morrell
  • 9WrightSubstituted forAtanganaat 76'minutes
  • 20Eisa

Substitutes

  • 6Atangana
  • 16Page
  • 18Bower
  • 22Lovett
  • 32Dawes
Referee:
David Webb
Attendance:
6,457

Match Stats

Home TeamCoventryAway TeamCheltenham
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home19
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home2
Away1
Fouls
Home8
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Coventry City 2, Cheltenham Town 1.

Full Time

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

Booking

Kyle Storer (Cheltenham Town) is shown the yellow card.

Maxime Biamou (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kyle Storer (Cheltenham Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Devon Kelly-Evans replaces Marc McNulty.

Attempt blocked. Marc McNulty (Coventry City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Jordan Willis (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Harry Pell (Cheltenham Town).

Booking

Daniel O'Shaughnessy (Cheltenham Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Maxime Biamou (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Daniel O'Shaughnessy (Cheltenham Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Nigel Atangana replaces Daniel Wright.

Goal!

Goal! Coventry City 2, Cheltenham Town 1. Marc McNulty (Coventry City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Duckens Nazon.

Tom Bayliss (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kyle Storer (Cheltenham Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Duckens Nazon replaces Peter Vincenti.

Attempt missed. Marc McNulty (Coventry City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt blocked. Jordan Shipley (Coventry City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Tom Davies (Coventry City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a set piece situation.

Tom Bayliss (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kyle Storer (Cheltenham Town).

Attempt saved. Mohamed Eisa (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Coventry City. Conceded by Jamie Grimes.

Attempt saved. Marc McNulty (Coventry City) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the top right corner.

Booking

Harry Pell (Cheltenham Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Michael Doyle (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Harry Pell (Cheltenham Town).

Attempt missed. Maxime Biamou (Coventry City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Maxime Biamou (Coventry City).

Daniel O'Shaughnessy (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Kevin Dawson (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Peter Vincenti (Coventry City).

Joe Morrell (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Peter Vincenti (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Daniel Wright (Cheltenham Town).

Attempt missed. Marc McNulty (Coventry City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Peter Vincenti (Coventry City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Daniel O'Shaughnessy (Cheltenham Town).

Substitution

Substitution, Coventry City. Tom Davies replaces Rod McDonald because of an injury.

goal

As It Stood

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2Notts County22127336211543
3Exeter2212373126539
4Wycombe22107539291037
5Accrington2111463224837
6Lincoln City2210662819936
7Coventry2210572315835
8Colchester2210573226635
9Newport229763226634
10Mansfield228953025533
11Grimsby229672526-133
12Swindon2110293228432
13Cambridge228591827-929
14Carlisle227783232028
15Cheltenham227692931-227
16Stevenage227692733-627
17Crawley2266101926-724
18Port Vale2273122332-924
19Crewe2272132435-1123
20Morecambe2257101827-922
21Yeovil2256112740-1321
22Barnet2255122432-820
23Chesterfield2255122539-1420
24Forest Green2255122342-1920
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