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Last Updated: Saturday, 1 March 2008, 17:16 GMT
Scunthorpe 2-1 Coventry
Scunthorpe helped their relegation fight with a win over Coventry.

Martin Paterson cracked in his 14th goal of the season from long range to give the home side the lead against their fellow strugglers.

But the lead did not last long as Kevin Thornton picked himself up and slotted in a penalty after being brought down by Marcus Williams.

Jack Cork, on-loan from Chelsea, then produced a superb strike to grab the winner for Scunthorpe.

  • Scunthorpe manager Nigel Adkins:
    "We can play much better than this but winning games is all that is important at this stage of the season.

    "We have always had a belief that we can get out of trouble and survive at Championship level.

    "We want to be a little bit like that Olympic runner who comes from behind and finishes strongly to cross the line in first place.

    "There might have been an element of fortune about Jack Cork's winner but he too has been tremendous for us this season on loan from Chelsea. He is a young player with a terrific talent."

  • Coventry boss Chris Coleman:
    "I know as a player what it feels like to taste relegation. It's a horrible feeling that takes a long time to go away. I wouldn't wish that on anyone.

    "But we know we are in for a rough ride and the only way we are going to stay out of trouble is if everybody realises the situation we are in.

    "We are down here for a reason. The season is not just five or 10 games old, there are only about 10 games left.

    "The first half was okay but the second was unacceptable. I have told the players that. If we are going to stay out of trouble, we are going to have to do better than this."

    Scunthorpe: Murphy, Hobbs, Crosby, Iriekpen, Williams, Cork, Goodwin, McCann, Morris, Paterson, May.
    Subs Not Used: Lillis, Forte, Hurst, Wright, Hayes.

    Goals: Paterson 15, Cork 66.

    Coventry: Marshall, Osbourne, Dann, Hall, Fox, Tabb, Thornton, Michael Hughes (Andrews 71), Gray, Best (Simpson 78), Mifsud. Subs Not Used: Konstantopoulos, Ward, Birchall.

    Booked: Thornton, Fox, Best, Osbourne.

    Goals: Thornton 21 pen.

    Att: 5,866

    Ref: Steve Bratt (W Midlands).


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