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Cardiff   2 - 0   Coventry

Cardiff 2-0 Coventry

Cardiff 2-0 Coventry

Cardiff City closed the gap on the top two in the Championship table with a comfortable win over Coventry City.

Anthony Gerrard's first Bluebirds goal gave the hosts a perfect start as the defender rose to head in a fifth-minute cross from midfielder Stephen McPhail.

Midfielder Peter Whittingham stepped up to convert a penalty early in the second half after Jay Bothroyd had been brought down by Stephen Wright.

Michael Chopra came close to a Cardiff third but his neat shot hit the post.


Cardiff City manager Dave Jones:
"We limited them [in the second half] to basically no shots, Dave [Cardiff goalkeeper Marshall] has not had a great deal to do.

Jones praises 'solid' Bluebirds

"We've just got to maintain our form and at the moment everybody's working really hard to try and keep that.

"It was a solid, no-nonsense, keep the percentages right performance from us."

Coventry City manager Chris Coleman:
"We are making defensive errors and it has cost us tonight.

"It seems like we have to score two or three goals to win a game but we are not doing that and we have only kept two clean sheets.

"We have a lot of players injured and it is all going against us but we are adding to our problems by making mistakes."

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Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Cardiff 2-0 Coventry FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Gerrard 5
  • Whittingham (pen) 60

    Cardiff

    • 01 Marshall
    • 05 Hudson
    • 15 Gerrard
    • 03 Kennedy
    • 07 Whittingham
    • 10 McPhail
    • 11 Burke
    • 16 Ledley
    • 27 Matthews
    • 08 Chopra
    • 09 Bothroyd yellow card

    Substitutes

    • 20 Enckelman,
    • 06 Gyepes,
    • 14 Quinn,
    • 04 Rae,
    • 18 Taiwo,
    • 26 Feeney,
    • 44 McCormack

    Coventry

    • 01 Westwood
    • 02 Wright yellow card
    • 12 Van Aanholt yellow card (Hussey 68)
    • 15 Cranie
    • 20 Turner yellow card
    • 16 Osbourne
    • 18 Cork yellow card
    • 21 McIndoe
    • 09 Best (Bell 65)
    • 10 Eastwood
    • 11 Morrison

    Substitutes

    • 13 Konstantopoulos,
    • 05 Ward,
    • 14 Hussey,
    • 34 Grandison,
    • 35 Clarke,
    • 07 Bell,
    • 19 Madine
    Ref: RussellAtt: 19,038
    CARDIFF
    COVENTRY

    Possession

    • Cardiff 48%
    • Coventry 52%

    Attempts on target

    • Cardiff 7
    • Coventry 4

    Attempts off target

    • Cardiff 10
    • Coventry 3

    Corners

    • Cardiff 5
    • Coventry 3

    Fouls

    • Cardiff 7
    • Coventry 8
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+1:59 The referee signals the end of the game.
    • 90:00+1:02 Foul by Jay Bothroyd on Stephen Wright, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Michael McIndoe.
    • 89:24 The referee gives a free kick against Stephen McPhail for handball. Indirect free kick taken by Stephen Wright.
    • 86:45 The ball is sent over by Chris Burke, clearance by Martin Cranie.
    • 84:22 Chris Burke takes a shot. Save by Keiren Westwood.
    • 83:43 Michael McIndoe has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses left.
    • 83:01 Unfair challenge on Freddy Eastwood by Anthony Gerrard results in a free kick. Martin Cranie takes the free kick.
    • 82:45 Adam Matthews produces a cross, save by Keiren Westwood.
    • 80:33 Corner taken by Chris Burke, Jay Bothroyd takes a shot. Save by Keiren Westwood.
    • 80:25 Jay Bothroyd crosses the ball, clearance made by Stephen Wright.
    • 79:53 Michael Chopra takes a shot. Blocked by Ben Turner.
    • 77:53 The ball is swung over by Chris Burke.
    • 76:00 The ball is crossed by Mark Kennedy, clearance by Ben Turner.
    • 73:22 Foul by Jay Bothroyd on Stephen Wright, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Keiren Westwood.
    • 72:28 Shot from just outside the box by David Bell misses to the right of the target.
    • 72:01 Foul by Stephen McPhail on David Bell, free kick awarded. Isaac Osbourne restarts play with the free kick.
    • 70:51 Michael Chopra produces a right-footed shot from inside the penalty area and hits the post.
    • 69:12 Freddy Eastwood takes a shot. Save by David Marshall.
    • 67:40 Substitution Chris Hussey comes on in place of Patrick Van Aanholt.
    • 67:40 Effort on goal by Peter Whittingham from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 64:31 Substitution David Bell replaces Leon Best.
    • 62:05 Michael Chopra crosses the ball in from the free kick.
    • 62:05 Booking Patrick Van Aanholt is cautioned.
    • 61:33 Patrick Van Aanholt gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Burke.
    • 59:24 GOAL - Peter WhittinghamCardiff 2 - 0 Coventry Peter Whittingham scores a placed penalty. Cardiff 2-0 Coventry.
    • 57:47 Booking Stephen Wright is given a yellow card.
    • 57:20 Michael Chopra takes a shot. Save by Keiren Westwood. Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on Jay Bothroyd by Stephen Wright.
    • 56:11 Stephen McPhail delivers the ball, Effort on goal by Michael Chopra from just inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 55:41 Free kick taken by Adam Matthews.


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    Championship results

    20 Oct 2009 23:59 UK

    Home Team Score Away Team Time
    Blackpool 3-0 Sheff Utd R
    Bristol City 3-1 Plymouth R
    Cardiff 2-0 Coventry R
    Doncaster 3-1 Peterborough R
    Ipswich 1-1 Watford R
    Leicester 2-0 Crystal Palace R
    Middlesbrough 2-0 Derby R
    Nottm Forest 1-0 Barnsley R
    QPR 4-1 Reading R
    Scunthorpe 2-1 Newcastle R
    Sheff Wed 1-2 Preston R
    West Brom 0-1 Swansea R

    Championship table snapshot

    As it stood on 20 Oct 2009 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 West Brom 13 11 24
    2 Newcastle 13 11 24
    3 Cardiff 13 14 23
    4 Middlesbrough 13 7 23
    5 Blackpool 13 6 22
    6 Preston 13 3 22
    7 Nottm Forest 13 3 22
    8 Leicester 13 4 21
    9 Bristol City 13 3 21
    10 QPR 12 10 20
    11 Swansea 13 -1 18
    12 Watford 13 -2 18
    13 Sheff Utd 13 -1 17
    14 Scunthorpe 13 -4 17
    15 Sheff Wed 13 2 16
    16 Crystal Palace 12 -2 16
    17 Coventry 13 -4 16
    18 Doncaster 13 -1 14
    19 Derby 13 -6 14
    20 Barnsley 13 -8 14
    21 Reading 13 -11 10
    22 Peterborough 13 -9 8
    23 Plymouth 13 -13 8
    24 Ipswich 13 -12 7


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