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Tuesday, 29 January, 2002, 22:43 GMT
C Palace 1-3 Coventry
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Coventry City held on to win 3-1 against promotion rivals Crystal Palace after both teams had been reduced to 10 men at Selhurst Park.

First-half goals from Jay Bothroyd and Marcus Hall gave Coventry a two-goal half-time lead, but Bothroyd went from hero to villain in a 40th-minute confrontation with Palace full-back Danny Granville.

And referee Rob Styles showed both players the red card for violent conduct despite a hail of protests from both sides.

Dougie Freedman pulled one back for Palace with a second-half goal second-half before Coventry substitute Gary McSheffrey restored the Sky Blues two-goal lead with 16 minutes to play.

Bothroyd stunned the home fans with an outstanding lob from 25 yards to give Coventry the lead after 10 minutes and Hall doubled the Sky Blues lead after 34 minutes.

It took just 11 minutes for Palace to hit back after the restart when Hayden Mullins stroked a perfectly weighted 40-yard ball over the Coventry defence.

Freedman broke clear of his marker and controlled the ball in the penalty area before shooting past Hedman.

Coventry could have restored their two-goal lead soon afterwards when Lee Fowler robbed Simon Rodger and exchanged passes with Carsley before shooting at Kolinko, but the Latvian saved well with his legs.

The home side were gradually growing in confidence, and Rodger fired a blistering shot off against the post in the 70th minute.

But substitute Gary McSheffrey sealed it for the visitors four minutes later with a smart finish from close range.

The youngster collected a long ball from Hedman and beat Kolinko for his first senior goal for the club, to make it three wins in eight league games for Coventry.

Crystal Palace: Kolinko, Smith, Mullins, Symons, Fleming, Riihilahti, Gray, Popovic, Granville, Freedman, Morrison. Subs: Austin, Rodger, Black, Kirovski, Clarke.

Coventry: Hedman, Hall, Shaw, Breen, Fowler, Carsley, Quinn, Delorge, Joachim, Healy, Bothroyd. Subs: Konjic, McSheffrey, Montgomery, Betts, Davenport.

Referee: R Styles (Waterlooville).

BBC Sport's Eleanor Oldroyd
"Coventry's first win since Boxing Day"
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