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Ipswich manager George Burley:
"It was a game where we had to scrap."
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BBC Sport's Dave Woods
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Monday, 20 November, 2000, 22:17 GMT
Wilnis winner stuns Coventry
Jamie Scowcroft and Marcus Edworthy
Ipswich have scored in every game this season
Coventry 0-1 Ipswich

Fabian Wilnis headed a dramatic injury-time goal to take Ipswich to fifth in the table and consign Coventry to their fifth straight defeat.

Quite what fullback Wilnis was doing in the opposition penalty box only seconds away from earning a valuable away point is anybody's guess, but Ipswich boss George Burley will not be complaining now.

Substitute Martin Reuser fired a perfect cross from wide on the right and Wilnis threw himself at the ball to power it pass Coventry goalkeeper Chris Kirkland.

It was a rare moment of class in a game short on quality and seemingly destined to end goalless.

Jermaine Wright and Paul Telfer
Wright and Telfer fight for possession
The Sky Blues have now only won of their last 11 games, while unfancied Ipswich can boast of being the only Premiership team to score in every match this season.

Prior to Wilnis' intervention, Coventry's David Thompson had seemed the most likely to break the deadlock.

Wright stuff

The closest the former Liverpool midfielder came was in the 72nd minute when Ipswich goalkeeper Richard Wright acrobatically tipped his blistering 30-yard free-kick on to the woodwork.

Overall it was a good win without us playing particularly well - but it proved we can dig a result out as well as playing well
  Ipswich manager George Burley

Coventry opened the second period as they started the first, in a positive vein, but early headers from Breen and Roussel were easily dealt with by Wright.

At the other end Kirkland was perfectly positioned to hold on to a well struck half-volley from the edge of the penalty area by Jim Magilton.

But goalmouth action was thin on the ground and it was fully 65 minutes before Wright was called into meaningful action for the first time.

The England keeper did well to parry a hard drive from Paul Telfer and his defenders were able to scramble the ball away before Coventry could capitalise.

Strachan criticism

Clearly hurt by manager Gordon Strachan's comments about their last home outing against Manchester United, Coventry began the game by far the more purposeful outfit.

If I get that reaction then Gordon Strachan is all right. Gordon Strachan is only upset when his players do not compete
  Coventry manager Gordon Strachan

But despite near misses for Thompson and Youssef Chippo, Coventry were twice indebted to Kirkland for keeping them on level terms.

First he turned behind a dipping 25-yard effort from Marcus Stewart and then he denied the same player after the former Huddersfield striker tried to hook the ball into the far corner following a defensive mix-up.

And that was pretty much it for first-half entertainment.

In fact, as the game entered its final 20 minutes it was becoming impossible to envisage a way either team could break the deadlock.

But then Fabian Wilnis popped up to break Coventry hearts and take all three points back to East Anglia.

Coventry City: Kirkland, Telfer, Edworthy, Williams, Breen, Konjic, Thompson, Chippo, Hadji, Roussel, Bellamy. Subs: Shaw, Eustace, Aloisi, Strachan, Miller.

Ipswich Town: R. Wright, McGreal, Venus, Hreidarsson, Clapham, Wilnis, Magilton, Holland, J. Wright, Scowcroft, Stewart. Subs: Johnson, Naylor, Bramble, Reuser, Salmon.

Referee: D Elleray (Harrow-on-the-Hill).

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