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BBC Five Live's Simon Mann
"Referee Taylor had a debut he and the Southampton fans won't forget for a while"
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Coventry boss Gordon Strachan
"It was great to get a winning away start"
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Southampton boss Glenn Hoddle
"I'm disappointed with the way we played"
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Coventry boss Gordon Strachan
"I feel relieved and embarrassed"
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Wednesday, 23 August, 2000, 22:18 GMT 23:18 UK
Saints narrowly beaten by Coventry
Hassan Kachloul
Southampton's Hassan Kachloul celebrates scoring at Derby
Southampton 1-2 Coventry

A controversial penalty was the difference between Southampton and Coventry at the Dell on Wednesday - giving City their first away win in almost 17 months.

Coventry's Craig Bellamy tumbled to the ground after a challenge from Tahar El Khalej after 20 minutes but he picked himself up to slot the penalty past Paul Jones.

Southampton had to wait until the second half to draw level, Norwegian Jo Tessem curling a superb finish into the top corner past keeper Magnus Hedman in the 51st minute.

Southampton took heart from the goal but it was Coventry who secured the points with a second goal from Cedric Roussel who headed home a corner.

Challenge

Bellamy, a 6m summer signing from Norwich had started brightly, testing the Saints' defence twice in the first few minutes.

A mistake from Chris Marsden eventually led to the penalty after the Southampton midfielder was caught in posession as he tried to pass out of defence but only found Bellamy.

El Khalej raced across to challenge Bellamy for the ball and looked harshly treated when referee Paul Taylor pointed to the penalty spot.


I've mixed emotions. I was happy after the final whistle and felt a kind of relief but it's also sad that we're celebrating something like this. It makes you wonder what we've been doing for a year
  Coventry manager Gordon Strachan
Marian Pahars replaced Kevin Davies within seconds of Saints going behind and the Latvian made an immediate impact on affairs.

He whistled a 20-yarder past Magnus Hedman's left-hand upright and then delivered a dangerous free-kick into the six-yard box from the right which Tahar glanced wide of the far post.

Refereee Taylor followed his penalty decision with a rash of yellow cards.

Lost direction

Davies had been cautioned in the 10th minute for lunging into Marc Edworthy after over-running the ball, and Tahar was booked for the foul which led to the penalty.

Bellamy, Carlton Palmer and Lundekvam all followed into the notebook as the game lost its direction before the break.

Glenn Hoddle brought on Jo Tessem for Marsden at half-time and the Norwegian had hauled Saints level within seven minutes.

Southampton's confidence soared after the goal and they almost stormed straight the lead.


We gave it to them on a plate after we had got ourselves back into the game. That's something you can't afford to do in this league.If the keeper is coming he's got to come or a defender has got to get his head on it. It's ridiculous. Roussel didn't even know where he was heading it
  Southampton manager Glenn Hoddle
A fine diving header from Richard Shaw denied Rosler a chance and Kachloul headed wide with the goal at his mercy after Lundekvam had flicked-on a Pahars corner.

Coventry broke quickly, however, to force the corner which led to their second goal in the 61st minute.

Paul Telfer delivered the ball from the City right and Cedric Roussel leapt high to head past Jones, who had started to come for the cross but suddenly froze.

Southampton continued to pile on the pressure right up until the final whistle but to no avail.


Southampton: Jones, Dodd, Bridge, El Khalej, Lundekvam, Draper, Marsden, Oakley, Davies, Rosler, Kachloul. Subs: Beattie, Pahars, Tessem, Monk, Moss.

Coventry City: Hedman, Edworthy, Williams, Hall, Palmer, Eustace, Chippo, Shaw, Roussel, Bellamy, Telfer. Subs: Kirkland, Quinn, Zuniga, Hendry, Normann.

Referee: P Taylor (Waltham Cross)

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