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Coventry Manager Gordon Strachan
"We can watch MOTD tonight"
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Saturday, 26 August, 2000, 15:56 GMT 16:56 UK
Coventry silence Maine Road
Paulo Wanchope and Carlton Palmer
Wanchope and Palmer battle at Maine Road
Manchester City 1-2 Coventry City
real 14kr BBC Five Live's Ian Brown reports from Maine Road

Coventry City were without an away win for 17 months before last week.

Now they have collected two in a row after a comfortable victory at Maine Road.

Skipper Richard Edghill had a torrid first-half for Man City, scoring an own goal on 23 minutes and then allowing Craig Bellamy to squeeze in the second on the stroke of half-time.

The game started tamely with both sides finding it difficult to control the ball, but much to the bemusement of the Maine Road faithful the excitement took off in bizarre fashion.


Edghill begun a miserable few minutes with Bellamy unable to take advantage of a sloppy back-pass by the City defender and then worse was to come.

City were looking increasingly shaky in defence and following a cross by John Eustace the unfortunate Edghill could only watch in horror as his header looped over 'keeper Nicky Weaver.

Hopefully these problems when we arrive at grounds will not be as big as they were last year. We can feel a bit better about ourselves for a while anyway
  Gordon Strachan

In the final minutes of the first period, Man City were within inches on two occasions of being level.

Firstly, Paolo Wanchope twisted and turned on the six yard box and George Weah accepted the pass but could only blast his shot at Magnus Hedman.

Within seconds Steve Howey climbed above the static defence and his header crashed against the bar.


Coventry were not to be outdone and Bellamy should have doubled the lead on 40 minutes after a fine run by Cedric Roussel but Howey cleared off the line from Bellamy.

On the stroke of half-time, Bellamy piled the misery on to Edghill.

We can't give goals away like we did and expect to get away with it
  Joe Royle

The City skipper was outpaced by the Welshman inside the box and the ball was stroked underneath the advancing Weaver.

The second half began in scrappy style with Coventry happy to sit back and soak up the pressure.

Bellamy, who impressed throughout, was denied his second goal who fired at Weaver's legs on 75 minutes following a poor pass by Howey.


The home side were desperate for a goal and after 76 minutes Weah crossed for Paul Dickov who volleyed at Hedman. Wanchope followed in but fired embarrassingly high from just four yards.

The noise level rose considerably just two minutes later after Kevin Horlock reduced the deficit to one, and how Man City deserved it.

A fine volley 10 yards out and the Coventry 'keeper had little chance this time.

Gordon Strachan had a nervous last few minutes but Coventry held on and now look to have solved their travelling problems.


Man City: Weaver, Edghill, Tiatto, Wiekens, Howey, Prior, Haaland, Horlock, Weah, Wanchope, Kennedy. Subs: Wright, Dickov, Wright-Phillips, Ritchie, Grant.

Coventry City: Hedman, Edworthy, Hall, Williams, Shaw, Telfer, Palmer, Eustace, Chippo, C. Bellamy, C. Bellamy, Roussel. Subs: Kirkland, Thompson, Zuniga, Breen, Aloisi.

Referee: A D'Urso (Billericay)

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