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Coventry City 2010

Only four days after the 4-0 defeat at Home to Watford, twenty seven loyal Sky Blues turned up at the Ricoh Arena keen to banish the memory of what had been a slightly trying season to be a Coventry City supporter...

Thursday 6th May 2010
Coventry City Home v Coventry City Away
Kick Off: 10:30am
Legends: David Busst & Dave Bennett
Match Officials: Andy Stickley, Justin Keaney, Martin Ashton & Phil Taylor

The match kicked off with both teams showing plenty of energy and a real willingness to close down the opposition. The game was only 2 mins old when the first effort at goal was created by the Home side; Adam McLean swivelling away from a defender and shooting right footed from almost 25 yards, narrowly missing wide of the left hand post.

The Home side were beginning to establish control of proceedings; they looked hungrier in the tackle and more up for the challenge, that fight was rewarded in the 3rd min when Richard Cutts stole possession, evaded a tackle from Jason Moodie then slid a great ball through the centre for Adam McLean to take in his stride on the edge of the area and shoot low past the keeper into the bottom right corner (1-0).

That goal seemed to stir some life into the Away side and they had a period of play where they kept possession and probed in and around the Home penalty area, with just the killer final pass missing from their play. The game was developing into a midfield battle, something that didn't seem to bother Jason Moodie on the Away side; he was flying into tackles and generally making a nuisance of himself.

In the 27th min a long kick up field by Home keeper, Ian Pearce, was flicked on by Justin Watt and picked up by Home captain Luke Edwards, he fed Watt the return pass in behind the Away defence and he shot left footed but saw his effort saved at the near post by Jason Knight. The Home side were being afforded far too much space down the flanks and were continually finding space in behind the Away defenders, their next chance however, came from a more direct approach; winning the ball back after a clearance from a corner, Adam McLean picked the ball up around 25 yards from goal and blasted a low shot just wide of the left hand post, a great strike.

Just after the half hour mark, the Home side took firm control of the match with two quick goals. With the Away team sitting high up the pitch and attacking in numbers, there was plenty space in behind their defence; when the Home side kicked clear after an Away throw the ball was collected by Adam McLean and he slotted a great pass through for Luke Edwards who got away from the last defender with some neat footwork and shot low past the keeper into the bottom left corner (2-0). A minute later they scored their 3rd when a corner from the right was met by John Vint who had risen, unchallenged, to head firmly past the keeper into the right corner (3-0).

With the half drawing to a close, the Away team began to show some encouraging signs; in the 40th min they came very close to opening their account; the ball was played through the centre to Julian Wood, he looked up spotting a run in behind the right back by Away captain, Adam Hunting, and lofted a delicate chip over the defender that was instantly controlled by Hunting with his right foot before he shot low and hard with his left, narrowly missing wide of the far right corner.

Half-Time: Coventry City Home 3 - 0 Coventry City Away

The second half began with the Away team showing plenty of fight, looking almost unrecognisable from the team that played the first 45 mins - this may have had something to do with the half time rollicking dished out by former Sky Blues player, Dave Bennett!

The game was delicately poised with the Home side knowing another goal would kill the game off and the Away team feeling like they could get themselves right back in it with an early strike. The first real chance came in the 59th min; a corner to the Home side was initially cleared by Jason Moodie, Dane Watt picked the ball up and passed out wide to Justin Watt, he skipped past a defender and shot at goal from a tight angle, Jason Knight parrying it away for another corner.

Dane Watt was causing all sorts of problems for the Away side, continually dropping into midfield to collect the ball then making runs from deep that left him completely unmarked; in the 63rd min this tactic again found him space, first laying the ball off for others then running forward and receiving the return pass just outside the box, his curling right foot shot was well held by the keeper. The Home side were certainly looking to be a more cohesive outfit, stringing together some great passing moves to threaten the Away defence, but they were just lacking the killer instinct that they exhibited in the first half.

That all changed in the 70th min, some more great build-up play saw the ball worked out wide on the right, drawing the defence across, it was then moved quickly back inside where Neil Harvey had acres of space to run into, he ran forward with the ball sucking defenders in and at the last available moment fed it right for Luke Edwards inside the area; from the right of goal he waited for the keeper to commit himself before lofting it high over him into the roof of the net - great goal (4-0).

In the 73rd min the Home side came very close to further extending their lead; Steve McCairns cut between two defenders coming in off the left wing, he ran into the area and was looking to shoot before a crunching sliding tackle from Jason Moodie cleared the danger, not the first time Moodie had tracked back well from midfield.

The match came to life in the 79th min; a terrific passage of play initially saw the Home side come very close to scoring their 5th goal, only to be denied by a sharp save from Jason Knight. Then, from the clearance the Away side broke up-field through a strong run by Jason Moodie, he evaded a challenge then played the ball right for Adam Hunting, before continuing his run into the area, he then received the return pass but just failed to get it under control with the keeper collecting. However Pearce's miscued throw-out fell straight to Philip Caren and he hit a first time right footed shot that cannoned off the crossbar to safety! Unfortunately for the Away team despite all their efforts this was to be the closest they were to come to breaking their scoring duck.

Full-Time: Coventry City Home 4 - 0 Coventry City Away

Man of the Match (Home): Dane Watt
Man of the Match (Away): Jason Moodie
Moment of the Match: Ian Pearce

Home Team: Ian Pearce, Sam Brown, David Busst, John Vint, Steve Forbes, Steve McCairns, Richard Cutts, Adam McLean, Dane Watt, Justin Watt, Luke Edwards, Neil Harvey & John Culshaw

Away Team: Jason Knight, Michael Forsythe, Dave Bennett, Darren Barfoot, Jamie Eastwood, Jason Moodie, Chris Caren, Jamie Stidwell, Adam Hunting, Julian Wood, Philip Caren & David Phelan

Mascots: Harry McCairns & Danny Forsytthe