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Last Updated: Saturday, 26 January 2008, 17:37 GMT
Coventry 2-1 Millwall
Stephen Hughes (centre) celebrates after scoring Coventry's opening goal
Hughes (centre) celebrates after scoring Coventry's opening goal
Goals from Stephen Hughes and Michael Mifsud put Coventry into the FA Cup last 16 at the expense of Millwall.

From a free-kick Michael Doyle rolled the ball to Hughes who scored with a left-foot shot which went through the defensive wall and into the corner.

Jay Simpson equalised when he created space in the area to fire a rising shot past the keeper from 12 yards.

Dele Adebola's shot hit a post and broke for Mifsud who side-footed into an unguarded net from eight yards out.

Mifsud wasted a glorious chance to double Coventry's lead in the 21st minute.

The Sky Blues' top scorer was put clear by Adebola's reverse pass but, under pressure from a defender tracking back, Mifsud scuffed his effort straight at Evans.


Soon after Simpson spurned a similar chance to equalise when he shot straight at Dimi Konstantopoulos, before Lewis Grabban saw his follow-up deflected wide.

Millwall should have forced a replay in the closing stages when Gary Alexander missed a glorious chance to equalise.

With time and space just 10 yards out, Alexander somehow dragged his shot wide.

But Coventry held on for victory and end a period of poor results which has seen them lose five of their last six Championship matches.

Coventry: Konstantopoulos, Osbourne, Ward, Borrowdale, Davis, Tabb, Stephen Hughes, Doyle, Gray, Adebola (Simpson 72), Mifsud (Best 89).
Subs Not Used: Cairo, Thornton, Francis.

Booked: Gray.

Goals: Stephen Hughes 16, Mifsud 52.

Millwall: Evans, Senda, Robinson, Frampton, Barron, Simpson, Dunne, Fuseini (Harris 78), Forbes (Brammer 66), Alexander, Grabban.
Subs Not Used: Edwards, Bakayogo, Shaw.

Booked: Senda, Robinson.

Goals: Simpson 42.

Att: 17,268

Ref: Nigel Miller (Durham).

BBC Sport Player Rater man of the match: Coventry's Michael Mifsud 7.67 (on 90 minutes).

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