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Coventry   2 - 1   Ipswich

Clinton Morrison scored twice before Coventry resisted a strong Ipswich fightback to win their opening game of the Championship season.

Morrison struck with a brilliant curling effort and a deft header before Jon Walters reduced the deficit with a crisp shot from the edge of the area.

Coventry keeper Kieren Westwood made a one-handed save from Jaime Peters and tipped over a Walters header.

Pim Balkestein did defeat Westwood but Morrison made a clearing header.

It was a result that was tough on Ipswich manager Roy Keane, who may no longer feel like celebrating his 38th birthday on Monday.

Expectations are high at the Suffolk club this season but despite their defeat at the Ricoh Arena there was plenty of evidence that they will be a capable side this season.

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Ipswich played some excellent attacking football and repeatedly exposed the Coventry defence but they could not quite find the equaliser that their second-half play in particular deserved.

The visiting team looked as though they were going to blow away an uncertain Coventry during the opening minutes of the contest and it took some desperate defending to block a shot from Peters before Gareth McAuley headed wide from a corner.

But Coventry opened the scoring in spectacular style after a ponderous Ipswich backline failed to deal with a lengthy goal-kick after 10 minutes.

Richard Wright had raced out of goal but failed to collect the ball and Morrison controlled it in a wide area towards the edge of the Ipswich area. The Sky Blues striker still had a lot to do but after taking two touches to position himself, he finished with a great deal of skill and composure.

His second was more instinctive as he met a whipped-in cross from Isaac Osbourne with a crisp header after more hesitant defending from the away team.

Clinton Morrison celebrates scoring for Coventry
Morrison's brace helped Coventry build a 2-0 lead before Ipswich countered

Ipswich might have had a penalty between the two Coventry goals after Ben Turner appeared to bring down Lee Martin but their appeals fell on deaf ears.

But they did reduce the deficit through a composed finish from Walters after Martin's through ball had completely exposed a Coventry defence that was woefully out of position.

Keane's side played some attractive counter attacking football before the break but Martin twice failed to conjure the quality of finish that that such well-constructed approach work deserved.

Canada international Peters was a lively attacking presence for the Tractor Boys until he was withdrawn after 66 minutes and the 22-year-old was unfortunate to see a crisp 20-yard strike drift inches wide after taking a slight deflection shortly after the restart.

He then profited from a clever lay-off from Jon Stead but his six-yard strike was saved by Westwood.

Ipswich lost David Norris to injury but it did not detract from the visitors' increasing superiority and Keane later outlined his ambition with the introduction of Tamas Priskin and 16-year-old Connor Wickham.

An unmarked Balkestein wastefully headed wide from a corner before goalscorer Walters narrowly missed the target with an ambitious long-range strike across goal.

A brilliant looping header from Walters almost breached Westwood's defences but the goalkeeper made a sensational fingertip save, while another Balkestein header finally beat the Coventry stopper but was nodded clear by Morrison.

Coventry worked hard to shut down their opponents and showed excellent determination to resist an increasingly rampant Ipswich, but there was a hint of fortune as Westwood saved a Martin strike with his legs close to the final whistle.


Coventry boss Chris Coleman:
"All the talk before the game was about Ipswich and Roy Keane and where they'll finish but I prefer that.

"We won't come up against a stronger side and we were flustered at set-plays but we got through it and no one went missing in my side.

"I'm sure Roy will go back home and kick his cat because he hates losing but that's a feather in our cap."

Ipswich boss Roy Keane:
"We gave two very poor goals away and lacked sharpness in the final third but that will come in the coming weeks and months.

"The first goal came from a goal-kick and the starting position of everyone was very poor.

"And the second one, Clinton has headed it at knee height. If you're a defender and he heads it that low you take his head off, it's as simple as that.

"I'll be down tonight but the day my appetite isn't affected by defeat I'll be out of the game. I am trying to learn from my experiences at Sunderland and not get too downhearted but I will not get home, put my feet up and have a whistle.

"But I've been like that since I was eight or nine years old. the beauty of it is that we have a game on Tuesday night so that can cheer me up.

"There will always be disappointments in football but I will be okay - don't worry about me.

"This will put a dampener on my birthday for sure but Roy Keane's birthday is not, and should not be, important in the grand scheme of things."

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Sunday, 9 August 2009

Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Coventry 2-1 Ipswich FT
(HT 2-1)
  • Morrison 10
  • Morrison 24
  • Walters 28

Coventry

  • 01 Westwood
  • 02 Wright
  • 12 Van Aanholt
  • 20 Turner
  • 04 Clingan
  • 07 Bell (Clarke 63)
  • 16 Osbourne
  • 17 Gunnarsson
  • 21 McIndoe (Ward 82)
  • 09 Best (Eastwood 61)
  • 11 Morrison

Substitutes

  • 13 Konstantopoulos,
  • 05 Ward,
  • 34 Grandison,
  • 35 Clarke,
  • 32 Cain,
  • 10 Eastwood,
  • 36 Jeffers

Ipswich

  • 01 Wright
  • 04 McAuley
  • 05 Bruce
  • 15 Balkestein
  • 03 Delaney
  • 08 Martin
  • 10 Norris (Garvan 56)
  • 12 Peters (Priskin 67)
  • 36 Trotter
  • 14 Stead (Wickham 66)
  • 19 Walters

Substitutes

  • 27 Supple,
  • 02 Wright,
  • 35 Smith,
  • 07 Garvan,
  • 17 Colback,
  • 16 Priskin,
  • 40 Wickham
Ref: Russell BoothAtt: 16,279
COVENTRY
IPSWICH

Possession

  • Coventry 54%
  • Ipswich 46%

Attempts on target

  • Coventry 7
  • Ipswich 9

Attempts off target

  • Coventry 0
  • Ipswich 11

Corners

  • Coventry 7
  • Ipswich 12

Fouls

  • Coventry 8
  • Ipswich 14
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+5:27 The referee ends the match.
  • 90:00+4:18 Unfair challenge on Patrick Van Aanholt by Owen Garvan results in a free kick. Sammy Clingan restarts play with the free kick.
  • 90:00+4:01 Liam Trotter concedes a free kick for a foul on Clinton Morrison. Sammy Clingan restarts play with the free kick.
  • 90:00+1:24 Elliott Ward challenges Tamas Priskin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Damien Delaney.
  • 89:53 Sammy Clingan takes a shot. Save made by Richard Wright.
  • 89:48 The ball is crossed by Patrick Van Aanholt.
  • 88:27 Lee Martin takes a shot. Save by Keiren Westwood.
  • 87:41 Corner taken by Lee Martin from the left by-line, clearance made by Clinton Morrison.
  • 84:16 Patrick Van Aanholt fouled by Alex Bruce, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Elliott Ward.
  • Correction - 83:28 Jordon Clarke takes a shot. Pim Balkestein gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Sammy Clingan from the left by-line.
  • 83:28 Jordon Clarke takes a shot. Blocked by Pim Balkestein. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Sammy Clingan from the left by-line.
  • 82:22 Patrick Van Aanholt takes a shot. Save made by Richard Wright.
  • 81:29 Keiren Westwood restarts play with the free kick.
  • 81:29 Substitution Elliott Ward replaces Michael McIndoe.
  • 81:29 The assistant referee signals for offside against Connor Wickham.
  • 80:19 Floated corner taken left-footed by Michael McIndoe from the left by-line, Gareth McAuley makes a clearance.
  • 80:07 Aron Gunnarsson crosses the ball, save by Richard Wright.
  • 79:35 Lee Martin takes a shot. Save by Keiren Westwood.
  • 77:21 Aron Gunnarsson crosses the ball, Damien Delaney gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Michael McIndoe from the right by-line, clearance by Alex Bruce.
  • 76:45 Connor Wickham concedes a free kick for a foul on Sammy Clingan. Aron Gunnarsson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 74:49 Tamas Priskin is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Keiren Westwood takes the free kick.
  • 74:02 Tamas Priskin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen Wright. Direct free kick taken by Keiren Westwood.
  • 73:13 Corner taken right-footed by Lee Martin, Tamas Priskin produces a header from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
  • 72:54 Pim Balkestein takes a shot. Clearance by Isaac Osbourne.
  • 72:08 Jonathan Walters takes a shot. Brilliant save by Keiren Westwood. Corner taken by Lee Martin from the right by-line, clearance made by Michael McIndoe.
  • 71:38 Clinton Morrison takes a shot. Save made by Richard Wright.
  • 70:21 Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Martin on Jordon Clarke. Free kick taken by Sammy Clingan.
  • 69:39 Jonathan Walters has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 67:41 Outswinging corner taken by Lee Martin, Header from deep inside the area by Pim Balkestein goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
  • 67:19 Damien Delaney takes a shot. Stephen Wright gets a block in.
  • 65:57 Substitution Jaime Peters leaves the field to be replaced by Tamas Priskin.
  • 65:57 Substitution Connor Wickham comes on in place of Jonathan Stead.
  • 64:35 Isaac Osbourne produces a cross, clearance made by Gareth McAuley.
  • 62:28 Substitution David Bell goes off and Jordon Clarke comes on.
  • 60:41 Substitution Leon Best leaves the field to be replaced by Freddy Eastwood.
  • 60:36 A cross is delivered by Aron Gunnarsson.
  • 58:16 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ben Turner on Jonathan Stead. Lee Martin fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
  • 57:45 Jonathan Walters takes a shot. Save made by Keiren Westwood.
  • 56:45 Corner taken left-footed by Michael McIndoe, Gareth McAuley makes a clearance.
  • 56:20 Corner taken by Sammy Clingan from the left by-line, clearance made by Gareth McAuley.
  • 54:53 Free kick crossed left-footed by Michael McIndoe, Pim Balkestein manages to make a clearance.
  • 54:53 Substitution (Ipswich) makes a substitution, with Owen Garvan coming on for David Norris.
  • 54:53 Liam Trotter gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Aron Gunnarsson.
  • 51:58 Shot from just outside the area by Jaime Peters misses to the right of the target.
  • 50:36 Lee Martin takes a shot. Blocked by Isaac Osbourne. Lee Martin takes a outswinging corner.
  • 49:23 Corner from the left by-line taken by Lee Martin, Alex Bruce challenges Stephen Wright unfairly and gives away a free kick. Keiren Westwood restarts play with the free kick.
  • 49:03 Jaime Peters takes a shot. Save by Keiren Westwood.
  • 48:33 Corner from right by-line taken by Lee Martin.
  • 48:08 Jaime Peters takes a shot. Stephen Wright gets a block in.
  • 47:34 Leon Best challenges Pim Balkestein unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Richard Wright.
  • 45:01 The referee starts the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:13 The referee blows for half time.
  • 44:33 Jonathan Stead is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Keiren Westwood.
  • 43:17 Alex Bruce produces a cross, Lee Martin produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.
  • 42:34 A cross is delivered by Damien Delaney, save by Keiren Westwood.
  • 41:12 Shot from inside the area by Lee Martin clears the bar.
  • 40:53 The ball is sent over by Stephen Wright, save by Richard Wright.
  • 38:54 Jonathan Stead concedes a free kick for a foul on Sammy Clingan. Keiren Westwood takes the free kick.
  • 37:19 Aron Gunnarsson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Norris. Free kick taken by Pim Balkestein.
  • 37:10 The ball is delivered by Isaac Osbourne, Alex Bruce manages to make a clearance.
  • 33:55 Unfair challenge on Patrick Van Aanholt by Jonathan Walters results in a free kick. Keiren Westwood takes the free kick.
  • 33:32 Clinton Morrison gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gareth McAuley. Richard Wright takes the direct free kick.
  • 32:09 The assistant referee signals for offside against Jonathan Stead. Free kick taken by Keiren Westwood.
  • 31:29 Foul by Ben Turner on Jonathan Stead, free kick awarded. Alex Bruce takes the direct free kick.
  • Correction - 30:06 Lee Martin takes the outswinging corner, Header by Gareth McAuley from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
  • 30:06 Corner taken by Lee Martin from the right by-line, Headed effort from inside the area by Alex Bruce misses to the left of the goal.
  • 29:40 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Lee Martin played to the near post, Leon Best manages to make a clearance.
  • 28:26 Corner taken by Lee Martin, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Gareth McAuley goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
  • 27:22 Assist on the goal came from Lee Martin.
  • 27:22 GOAL - Jonathan WaltersCoventry 2 - 1 Ipswich Jonathan Walters finds the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Coventry 2-1 Ipswich.
  • 23:53 Assist by Isaac Osbourne.
  • 23:53 GOAL - Clinton MorrisonCoventry 2 - 0 Ipswich Clinton Morrison finds the net with a headed goal from inside the area. Coventry 2-0 Ipswich.
  • 23:50 The ball is sent over by Isaac Osbourne,
  • 22:46 Unfair challenge on Aron Gunnarsson by David Norris results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Stephen Wright.
  • 21:36 Aron Gunnarsson takes a shot. Blocked by Gareth McAuley.
  • 20:25 The referee blows for offside against Clinton Morrison. Richard Wright takes the free kick.
  • 18:50 Foul by Michael McIndoe on Jonathan Walters, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Richard Wright.
  • 15:57 Michael McIndoe is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Richard Wright takes the indirect free kick.
  • 14:36 Jonathan Stead fouled by Aron Gunnarsson, the ref awards a free kick. Alex Bruce takes the free kick.
  • 14:06 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Aron Gunnarsson by David Norris. Direct free kick taken by Sammy Clingan.
  • 12:45 Effort on goal by Jonathan Stead from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 11:34 Foul by Liam Trotter on Aron Gunnarsson, free kick awarded. Sammy Clingan takes the free kick.
  • 9:19 GOAL - Clinton MorrisonCoventry 1 - 0 Ipswich A goal is scored by Clinton Morrison from just outside the box to the top right corner of the goal. Coventry 1-0 Ipswich.
  • 6:50 Centre by David Bell, blocked by Damien Delaney. Inswinging corner taken by Michael McIndoe from the right by-line played to the near post.
  • 6:15 Corner taken by Sammy Clingan from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Alex Bruce.
  • 5:38 The ball is delivered by Michael McIndoe, clearance by Liam Trotter.
  • 5:15 The ball is sent over by Damien Delaney, Ben Turner makes a clearance.
  • 3:53 The ball is delivered by Michael McIndoe.
  • 2:52 The ball is crossed by Alex Bruce.
  • 1:09 Lee Martin takes the outswinging corner, Gareth McAuley concedes a free kick for a foul on Ben Turner. Direct free kick taken by Keiren Westwood.
  • 0:33 Corner taken by Lee Martin.
  • 0:00 The referee gets the game underway.

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Championship results

9 Aug 2009 23:59 UK

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Coventry 2-1 Ipswich R

Championship table snapshot

As it stood on 9 Aug 2009 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Cardiff 1 4 3
2 Coventry 1 1 3
3 Derby 1 1 3
4 Leicester 1 1 3
5 Barnsley 1 0 1
8 Bristol City 1 0 1
6 Preston 1 0 1
8 Bristol City 1 0 1
9 Blackpool 1 0 1
10 Crystal Palace 1 0 1
11 Doncaster 1 0 1
12 Newcastle 1 0 1
13 Plymouth 1 0 1
14 QPR 1 0 1
15 Watford 1 0 1
16 West Brom 1 0 1
17 Middlesbrough 1 0 1
20 Nottm Forest 1 0 1
18 Reading 1 0 1
20 Nottm Forest 1 0 1
21 Ipswich 1 -1 0
22 Peterborough 1 -1 0
23 Swansea 1 -1 0
24 Scunthorpe 1 -4 0


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