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Scunthorpe   1 - 0   Coventry

Scunthorpe United's Gary Hooper and Martyn Woolford

Highlights - Scunthorpe 1-0 Coventry

Gary Hooper's first-half strike proved decisive as Scunthorpe edged away from the relegation zone with victory over fellow strugglers Coventry.

Leon Best wasted two chances to put the visitors ahead and Scunthorpe's Martyn Woolford saw a header well saved.

Hooper then opened the scoring when he raced clear and placed a crisp low finish beyond Keiren Westwood.

Paul Hayes drilled wide for the hosts before Gary Madine and Freddie Eastwood miscued shots and Madine headed wide.

The result ends a run of five games without victory for Scunthorpe and lifts them up to 18th in the table.

Although it was the Iron's first clean sheet at Glanford Park this season, 17 of their 21 points have now come at home.

Coventry, on the other hand, are without a win in nine, slip to 20th in the division and face leaders Newcastle at the Ricoh Arena on Wednesday.

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Buoyed by their last-gasp equaliser against Leicester last time out, Scunthorpe made a bright start and Cliff Byrne flashed a header just wide.

It was Coventry, though, who twice had openings to take the lead, with Best culpable on both occasions.

The Republic of Ireland striker found himself one-on-one with Joe Murphy but fired straight at the goalkeeper and then was sent clear by Aron Gunnarsson but after his first effort was blocked by Rob Jones, his second was superbly saved by Murphy.

Murphy's afternoon ended there, however, as his knee crashed into the post as he saved Best's drive and he was forced to leave the field on a stretcher.

After a six-minute delay, replacement goalkeeper Josh Lillis made a fine save from Clinton Morrison's strike while, at the other end, Kieren Westwood produced an impressive one-handed save to keep out a Woolford header.

Hooper capitalised on some awful positioning from Coventry's defence to collect Hayes' backheel and lash in his seventh goal of the season.

Grant McCann went close to making it two with a low free-kick before half-time and his side continued to impress after the restart.

Woolford and Martin O'Connor both took aim from distance and Hayes drove his angled shot across the face of Westwood's goal.

Scunthorpe could have been punished for their profligacy but Madine twice failed to convert from six yards in the closing minutes, while the visitors also had a penalty shout rejected after the ball appeared to strike David Mirfin's hand.


Scunthorpe manager Nigel Adkins:

Adkins praises Scunthorpe after win

"It was a big win for us but then our home form has been good this season. It was an excellent goal and even more pleasing because it was from a move we have worked hard on at the training ground.

"We are a team that likes to try and play good football but sometimes that is not always possible particularly on the winter pitches.

"There was a deluge of rain before the game which made it difficult to pass the ball around as quickly as we would have liked.

"Coventry caused us one or two hairy moments in the first half but we also caused them a few as well at the opposite end and I think we deserved our victory."

Coventry manager Chris Coleman:
"I am angry and I hope the players are too. This was a game we should not have lost.

"But we have players who were too selfish at times and you don't win anything as a team when that happens.

"I honestly believe we have a squad that is good enough to be sitting in the middle of the table in the Championship.

"But we are where we are. It's no good just producing performances two or three times out of every six or seven games. We have got to put together a consistent run of form."

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Sunday, 6 December 2009

Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Scunthorpe 1-0 Coventry FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Hooper 30

    Scunthorpe

    • 01 Murphy (Lillis 17)
    • 03 Williams
    • 06 Byrne
    • 12 Jones
    • 15 Mirfin
    • 08 McCann
    • 16 Woolford
    • 18 O'Connor yellow card
    • 19 Wright
    • 09 Hayes (Friend 90+2)
    • 10 Hooper (Thompson 88)

    Substitutes

    • 22 Lillis,
    • 31 Friend,
    • 02 Wright,
    • 04 Togwell,
    • 07 Sparrow,
    • 11 Thompson,
    • 14 Forte

    Coventry

    • 01 Westwood
    • 03 Hall (Hussey 66)
    • 15 Cranie
    • 22 Barnett
    • 24 Wood
    • 17 Gunnarsson
    • 18 Cork
    • 21 McIndoe (Madine 79)
    • 09 Best
    • 10 Eastwood
    • 11 Morrison

    Substitutes

    • 13 Konstantopoulos,
    • 06 McPake,
    • 14 Hussey,
    • 34 Grandison,
    • 35 Clarke,
    • 19 Madine,
    • 36 Jeffers
    Ref: MillerAtt: 5,013
    SCUNTHORPE
    COVENTRY

    Possession

    • Scunthorpe 50%
    • Coventry 50%

    Attempts on target

    • Scunthorpe 7
    • Coventry 9

    Attempts off target

    • Scunthorpe 13
    • Coventry 4

    Corners

    • Scunthorpe 9
    • Coventry 9

    Fouls

    • Scunthorpe 9
    • Coventry 8
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:50 The referee brings the game to a close.
    • 90:00+1:26 Josh Lillis takes the direct free kick.
    • 90:00+1:26 Substitution George Friend is brought on as a substitute for Paul Hayes.
    • 90:00+1:26 Unfair challenge on Rob Jones by Gary Madine results in a free kick.
    • 90:00+0:53 Shot by Jack Cork. Blocked by Michael O'Connor. Corner taken by Chris Hussey, Martyn Woolford manages to make a clearance.
    • 88:48 Inswinging corner taken by Chris Hussey from the right by-line, clearance by Grant McCann.
    • 88:42 Centre by Freddy Eastwood, blocked by Marcus Williams.
    • 87:51 Substitution Garry Thompson is brought on as a substitute for Gary Hooper.
    • 87:19 The ball is delivered by Richard Wood, Gary Madine produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 86:26 Effort from outside the box by Paul Hayes goes wide right of the target.
    • 85:56 Effort on goal by Grant McCann from a long way out goes over the bar.
    • 85:28 Gary Madine has an effort at goal. Save by Josh Lillis.
    • 85:03 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Chris Hussey.
    • 84:46 Volleyed right-footed shot by Gary Madine. David Mirfin gets a block in.
    • 83:19 The ball is sent over by Aron Gunnarsson, Shot from close in by Freddy Eastwood misses to the left of the target.
    • 83:03 Leon Best sends in a cross, clearance by Rob Jones.
    • 82:01 Effort on goal by Michael O'Connor from long range goes harmlessly over the bar.
    • 80:56 Header on goal by Gary Madine from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 80:29 Unfair challenge on Chris Hussey by Cliff Byrne results in a free kick. Chris Hussey takes the free kick.
    • 78:45 Substitution Gary Madine comes on in place of Michael McIndoe.
    • 77:00 Paul Hayes produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the target.
    • 76:06 Michael O'Connor has a drilled shot. Blocked by Aron Gunnarsson.
    • 75:56 Effort on goal by Michael O'Connor from 25 yards. Aron Gunnarsson gets a block in.
    • 75:21 Corner from the right by-line taken by Grant McCann, clearance by Chris Hussey.
    • 75:15 Paul Hayes produces a cross, clearance made by Richard Wood.
    • 74:08 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Josh Wright by Jack Cork. Marcus Williams takes the free kick.
    • 73:31 Centre by Aron Gunnarsson, blocked by Josh Wright.
    • 71:08 Marcus Williams gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Martin Cranie. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Martin Cranie from right wing, save made by Josh Lillis.
    • 69:56 Shot by Leon Barnett from a long way out goes over the target.
    • 69:51 The ball is crossed by Aron Gunnarsson, clearance made by Rob Jones.
    • 68:51 The ball is crossed by Jack Cork, clearance by Rob Jones.
    • 67:43 Corner taken left-footed by Grant McCann from the left by-line, clearance by Aron Gunnarsson.
    • 67:33 The ball is crossed by Paul Hayes, clearance made by Leon Barnett.
    • 66:26 Aron Gunnarsson sends in a cross, David Mirfin makes a clearance.
    • 65:09 Substitution Chris Hussey joins the action as a substitute, replacing Marcus Hall.
    • 64:01 Outswinging corner taken by Grant McCann.
    • 63:27 The ball is swung over by Freddy Eastwood, Rob Jones makes a clearance.
    • 63:15 The ball is sent over by Clinton Morrison, Michael O'Connor manages to make a clearance.
    • 62:01 Martyn Woolford has a drilled shot. Blocked by Martin Cranie.
    • 61:39 Corner taken by Michael O'Connor, Leon Barnett manages to make a clearance.
    • 60:27 The offside flag is raised against Gary Hooper. Keiren Westwood takes the free kick.
    • 57:24 Centre by Cliff Byrne, Paul Hayes has an effort at goal.
    • 55:30 Centre by Martin Cranie.
    • 55:21 The ball is crossed by Leon Best, David Mirfin manages to make a clearance.
    • 54:26 Corner taken by Michael McIndoe from the left by-line, Michael O'Connor makes a clearance.
    • 54:21 Centre by Michael McIndoe, blocked by David Mirfin.
    • 53:26 Foul by Leon Barnett on Rob Jones, free kick awarded. Josh Lillis takes the direct free kick.
    • 52:40 Floated corner taken by Michael McIndoe from the left by-line.
    • 52:25 Freddy Eastwood takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Josh Wright.
    • 51:06 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Clinton Morrison by David Mirfin. Freddy Eastwood shoots direct from the free kick.
    • 50:47 The referee blows for offside against Gary Hooper. Indirect free kick taken by Keiren Westwood.
    • 48:22 Grant McCann challenges Martin Cranie unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Keiren Westwood.
    • 48:05 Shot by Michael O'Connor. Blocked by Jack Cork.
    • 47:32 The offside flag is raised against Leon Best. Free kick taken by Josh Lillis.
    • 47:00 Centre by Martin Cranie, save made by Josh Lillis.
    • 46:09 Clinton Morrison challenges Josh Lillis unfairly and gives away a free kick. Josh Lillis restarts play with the free kick.
    • 45:26 Free kick awarded for a foul by David Mirfin on Leon Best. Keiren Westwood restarts play with the free kick.
    • 45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+6:28 The ref blows to signal half-time.
    • 45:00+4:54 Michael O'Connor takes a shot. Leon Best gets a block in.
    • 45:00+4:33 Michael O'Connor decides to take the corner short.
    • 45:00+4:26 Michael O'Connor delivers the ball, Leon Barnett makes a clearance.
    • 45:00+2:29 Free kick awarded for a foul by Leon Barnett on Paul Hayes. Michael O'Connor shoots direct from the free kick.
    • 45:00+1:55 Leon Best is ruled offside. Josh Lillis takes the free kick.
    • 45:00+1:26 Martyn Woolford produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.
    • 45:00+1:18 The ball is swung over by Marcus Williams, Richard Wood manages to make a clearance.
    • 45:00+0:32 Leon Best is adjudged to have handled the ball. Josh Lillis takes the free kick.
    • 44:39 Gary Hooper fouled by Richard Wood, the ref awards a free kick. Marcus Williams takes the free kick.
    • 43:06 Foul by Marcus Hall on Michael O'Connor, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Cliff Byrne.
    • 41:25 Michael McIndoe takes the outswinging corner, clearance by David Mirfin.
    • 41:07 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Michael McIndoe from the left by-line, David Mirfin manages to make a clearance.
    • 40:51 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Michael McIndoe, Rob Jones makes a clearance.
    • 40:39 The ball is crossed by Freddy Eastwood, blocked by Marcus Williams.
    • 36:26 The referee blows for offside against Gary Hooper. Keiren Westwood restarts play with the free kick.
    • 35:47 The ball is crossed by Marcus Hall.
    • 35:33 Martin Cranie produces a cross, Cliff Byrne makes a clearance.
    • 33:50 Gary Hooper gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Richard Wood. Keiren Westwood takes the free kick.
    • 31:41 Unfair challenge on Clinton Morrison by David Mirfin results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Michael McIndoe from left channel, save by Josh Lillis.
    • 29:53 Paul Hayes provided the assist for the goal.
    • 29:53 GOAL - Gary HooperScunthorpe 1 - 0 Coventry Gary Hooper finds the back of the net with a goal from just outside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Scunthorpe 1-0 Coventry.
    • 28:31 Paul Hayes produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes wide left of the goal.
    • 27:30 Grant McCann produces a cross, Rob Jones has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.
    • 27:09 Corner taken by Grant McCann from the left by-line played to the near post, Richard Wood makes a clearance.
    • 26:55 The ball is sent over by Paul Hayes, Martyn Woolford takes a shot. Save made by Keiren Westwood.
    • 24:58 Grant McCann shoots direct from the free kick, save by Keiren Westwood.
    • 24:58 Booking Michael O'Connor receives a caution for dissent.
    • Correction - 23:27 Michael McIndoe gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael O'Connor.
    • 23:27 Michael McIndoe gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael O'Connor. Free kick taken by Michael O'Connor.
    • 22:58 The ball is crossed by Martyn Woolford, clearance made by Leon Barnett.
    • 21:38 The ball is sent over by Grant McCann, Martin Cranie manages to make a clearance.
    • 19:44 Grant McCann has a drilled shot. Blocked by Jack Cork.
    • 19:08 Effort on goal by Clinton Morrison from 18 yards. Save by Josh Lillis.
    • 18:42 Michael O'Connor sends in a cross, save by Keiren Westwood.
    • 16:35 Corner taken left-footed by Michael McIndoe from the right by-line, save by Josh Lillis.
    • 16:35 Substitution Josh Lillis on for Joe Murphy.
    • 10:55 Shot from 12 yards by Leon Best. Rob Jones gets a block in. Leon Best has an effort at goal from 12 yards. Save made by Joe Murphy.
    • 10:23 Leon Best takes a shot. Save by Joe Murphy.
    • 7:40 Grant McCann delivers a pass corner to short, Aron Gunnarsson gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken by Michael O'Connor from the right by-line played to the near post, Cliff Byrne produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 5:48 Paul Hayes concedes a free kick for a foul on Leon Barnett. Keiren Westwood restarts play with the free kick.
    • 4:51 David Mirfin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Clinton Morrison. Free kick crossed left-footed by Michael McIndoe.
    • 3:57 Martyn Woolford produces a cross, clearance by Richard Wood. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Grant McCann played to the near post, Header from close in by Cliff Byrne misses to the left of the goal.
    • 0:00 The referee gets the game started.

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