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Wednesday, 15 January, 2003, 21:39 GMT
Coventry sink Cardiff
Lee Fowler gives Coventry the lead
Fowler was making his first appearance of the season
Coventry 3-0 Cardiff

Coventry's mix of youth and experience proved too much for Cardiff as Gary McAllister's side advanced to the FA Cup fourth round at the second attempt.

The 19-year-old Lee Fowler gave Coventry a first-half lead and just before the hour a superb shot from Dean Holdsworth, 34, confirmed the home side's superiority in front of goal.

We had to defend deep at 2-0 but this is what happens in cup ties

Eric Black,
Coventry asst boss
In the game's closing minutes a deflected Jay Bothroyd shot rubbed salt into Cardiff's wounds.

In the original tie at Ninian Park Cardiff had managed to retrieve a two-goal deficit, but there was to be no reprieve this time.

KEY MOMENTS
21 mins: Lee Fowler opens the scoring for Coventry
57: Dean Holdsworth extends Coventry's lead
89: Jay Bothroyd confirms Coventry's place in the Fourth Round

Not that that was for want of trying as Cardiff frequently pinned Coventry in their own half.

Lennie Lawrence's side carved out a succession of chances, but were ultimately frustrated by some hurried finishing as well as the woodwork.

Rob Earnshaw missed with the goal at his mercy in the opening half while Peter Thorne hit the bar soon after Holdsworth's goal.

We gave a good account of ourselves and the fans can be proud of us

Lennie Lawrence,
Cardiff manager
Fowler's goal owed a huge debt to the vision and long-range passing of Bothroyd.

The former Arsenal player released Fowler with a superb pass which Graham Kavanagh was just unable to cut out.

Fowler collected the pass in his stride and then clipped the ball past Neil Alexander.

Dean Holdsworth celebrates his goal against Cardiff
Holdsworth opened his Coventry account

If Fowler's goal showed maturity beyond his years, Holdsworth's effort was more a case of rolling back the years.

Without a goal in nearly a year he collected a McAllister pass, turned inside Scott Young and then curled his shot adeptly past Alexander.

Cardiff's best chance fell to the prolific Earnshaw - 25 goals in 30 games - when the Welsh international's half volley was miraculously cleared by Mo Konjic.

Positioned on the line the Bosnian managed to head Earnshaw's close-range effort on to the bar as he fell to the ground.

Andy Legg's long throws also caused Coventry plenty of problems.

Just a couple of minutes after Holdsworth's strike a Peter Thorne header crashed off the bar from a Legg throw.

Bothroyd's goal - a low shot that deceived Alexander after it took a deflection - capped a fine performance by the youngster.

Coventry will now play Third Division Rochdale, who knocked another First Division side - Preston - out of the competition in the Third Round.


Coventry: Hyldgaard, Konjic, Davenport, Shaw, Partridge (Betts 79), Pead, Fowler, McAllister, Gordon, Holdsworth, Bothroyd.
Subs Not Used: Mills, Strachan, McSheffrey, Montgomery.

Booked: Fowler, Holdsworth.

Cardiff: Alexander, Weston, Young (Collins 82), Barker, Legg, Bowen, Kavanagh, Boland, Croft (Campbell 75), Earnshaw, Thorne (Fortune-West 75).
Subs Not Used: Margetson, Maxwell.

Booked: Boland, Legg.

Attendance: 11,997.

Referee: G Poll (Hertfordshire).

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