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Coventry City 3-1 Bristol City: Sky Blues claim important win in survival bid

Leo Ositgard
Leo Ostigard celebrates his first goal in English football

Coventry City took a massive step towards Championship survival with a deserved win over out-of-sorts Bristol City.

The hosts took an early lead when Leo Ostigard finished after Bristol City failed to deal with a throw-in.

Matt Godden doubled the home side's lead with a powerfully struck penalty after Tomas Kalas was adjudged to have tripped Tyler Walker in the area, before Nahki Wells looked to have set up a nervy finish when he capitalised on Kyle McFadzean's under-hit backpass.

However, Walker latched on to a poorly directed pass from Robins substitute Tommy Rowe and Callum O'Hare unselfishly teed up Viktor Gyokeres to slot in a third.

The victory, coupled with Wycombe's win at Rotherham, moved the Sky Blues seven points clear of the relegation zone.

Nigel Pearson's difficult start at Ashton Gate has now seen him lose five and win just two of his first eight games in charge.

Coventry, who like the visitors made five changes after losing on Good Friday, were good value for the three points that ended their three-match winless run.

Godden came close to making it 2-0 when Daniel Bentley tipped his low effort on to the post, before home goalkeeper Marko Marosi made a wonderful reaction save to keep out Wells' effort at the other end in the first half.

The Sky Blues probably should have been comfortable after Godden's penalty but Wells ended their three-game run without a goal to leave the game in the balance going into the final 10 minutes.

That will have left Pearson especially unhappy with the nature of Coventry's third, as Rowe's sloppy pass back into midfield was intercepted by Walker and the hosts were able to easily work the ball to Gyokeres.

Mark Robins' men visit play-off chasing Bournemouth on Saturday, while the Robins, who are destined to finish in mid-table, host Nottingham Forest.

Coventry boss Mark Robins told BBC CWR:

"I think ultimately, from Friday to today it was chalk and cheese. They've come in today and worked their socks off for each other.

"The character was there and, for me today, that's what it was all about.

"The players had a conversation amongst themselves after Friday's game because they know that was nowhere near the levels we have set.

"The only downside for me was the goal we conceded but we didn't fold so there's a positive on the back of a negative."

Bristol City boss Nigel Pearson told BBC Radio Bristol:

"It was a poor performance and a careless one too. We gave away soft goals and we didn't compete on a physical level.

"At the moment we have too many players who are not showing enough personal motivation. I'm a believer in protecting the players but I don't think it's necessary today.

"I'm not somebody to dwell on these things, we need to find solutions.

"Today's not good enough, full stop. We've got to make sure that when we take the field next time it's a performance that shows the right amount of character."

Line-ups

Coventry

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 1Marosi
  • 2Østigard
  • 5McFadzean
  • 16Pask
  • 28Eccles
  • 6KellyBooked at 69minsSubstituted forHamerat 90+2'minutes
  • 25James
  • 21McCallum
  • 11O'Hare
  • 24GoddenSubstituted forGyökeresat 78'minutes
  • 19WalkerBooked at 67mins

Substitutes

  • 8Allen
  • 12Gyökeres
  • 13Wilson
  • 20Bakayoko
  • 26Shipley
  • 27Thompson
  • 29Da Costa
  • 38Hamer
  • 41Bapaga

Bristol City

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Bentley
  • 29Simpson
  • 19MariappaSubstituted forPalmerat 55'minutesBooked at 69mins
  • 22Kalas
  • 43S SessegnonSubstituted forRoweat 65'minutes
  • 4NagySubstituted forLansburyat 45'minutes
  • 26Vyner
  • 42Massengo
  • 18SemenyoSubstituted forPearsonat 55'minutes
  • 9DiédhiouBooked at 31minsSubstituted forConwayat 65'minutes
  • 21Wells

Substitutes

  • 12O'Leary
  • 17Lansbury
  • 25Rowe
  • 28Pearson
  • 30Bakinson
  • 34Towler
  • 36Scott
  • 37Conway
  • 45Palmer
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham

Match Stats

Home TeamCoventryAway TeamBristol City
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home15
Away6
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away0
Fouls
Home14
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Coventry City 3, Bristol City 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Coventry City 3, Bristol City 1.

  3. Post update

    Han-Noah Massengo (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Matty James (Coventry City).

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Coventry City. Gustavo Hamer replaces Liam Kelly.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Kasey Palmer (Bristol City).

  7. Post update

    Leo Østigard (Coventry City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Henri Lansbury (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nahki Wells.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Kasey Palmer (Bristol City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  10. Post update

    Tommy Conway (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Kyle McFadzean (Coventry City).

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Coventry City 3, Bristol City 1. Viktor Gyökeres (Coventry City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Callum O'Hare.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Tommy Conway (Bristol City).

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Tommy Rowe (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Josh Eccles (Coventry City).

  17. Post update

    Han-Noah Massengo (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Callum O'Hare (Coventry City).

  19. Goal!

    Goal! Coventry City 2, Bristol City 1. Nahki Wells (Bristol City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Coventry City. Viktor Gyökeres replaces Matt Godden.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich39259557282984
2Watford402310757273079
3Brentford381912766402669
4Swansea392091045311469
5Barnsley40208125244868
6Reading401991256431366
7Bournemouth3918111060382265
8Cardiff4016101455431258
9Millwall401416104137458
10Middlesbrough40169154843557
11Stoke401413134544155
12QPR391411144346-353
13Luton39148173245-1350
14Bristol City40154214055-1549
15Nottm Forest401212163439-548
16Preston40146204150-948
17Blackburn401210185045546
18Huddersfield381110174253-1143
19Derby401110193045-1543
20Coventry391012173552-1742
21Birmingham391011182950-2141
22Rotherham36105213851-1335
23Sheff Wed39118203348-1535
24Wycombe4089232961-3233
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