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Coventry 3-1 Plymouth

A Michael Doyle brace and a goal by Jay Tabb boosted Coventry's survival hopes as they comfortably beat play-off hopefuls Plymouth.

Doyle struck twice in the first-half when his close range effort beat Luke McCormick before he fired left-footed into the top corner.

Tabb put the result beyond doubt when he directed a Robbie Simpson cross into the bottom of the Pilgrims' goal.

Plymouth grabbed a late consolation, Steve MacLean scoring from close range.


  • Coventry manager Chris Coleman:

  • "We have given ourselves a good chance now if we get two more positive results in the remaining games, which we're capable of doing.

    "If we can keep our current form going or we can improve on it then we won't have a problem.

    "We have stayed strong and to get three goals and three points was tremendous."

  • Plymouth manager Paul Sturrock:

  • "Sometimes managers get things wrong - I got it wrong.

    "I should have made changes but I like to think some of my players might put their hands up for the standards of some of their performances.

    "We will work together next week and I will discuss the performance individually and as a team and then we will forget it."


    Coventry: Schmeichel, Fox, Ward, Dann, Osbourne, Tabb, Stephen Hughes, Doyle, Gray (Thornton 61), Mifsud (Zavon Hines 87), Simpson.
    Subs Not Used: Marshall, Hall, Duffy.

    Booked: Simpson.

    Goals: Doyle 37, 43, Tabb 65.

    Plymouth: McCormick, Connolly, Clark (Abdou 68), Anderson (Timar 67), Sawyer (Mackie 68), Teale, Wotton, Seip, Paterson, MacLean, Easter.
    Subs Not Used: Nalis, Jutkiewicz.

    Booked: Easter, Sawyer, MacLean, Paterson.

    Goals: MacLean 81.

    Att: 18,775

    Ref: Richard Beeby (Northamptonshire).


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