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Last Updated: Tuesday, 20 December 2005, 14:52 GMT
Tackling Skills with BBC Sport - QPR v Coventry
BBC Sport continue their partnership with Foyer Federation to bring you the best sports reports from budding young journalists around the country.

Tackling Skills is a project that gives Foyer residents the chance to work with BBC sports journalists to help develop their literacy and communication skills by using sport to inspire, motivate and re-engage them.

Here are some of the reports from Coventry's 1-0 win at QPR in the Championship.


By Emmanuel Metsagharun

A late penalty from Gary McSheffrey settled this mid-table encounter at Loftus Road.

QPR keeper Simon Royce brings down Gary McSheffrey for the penalty

Simon Royce brought down McSheffrey after a through ball from James Scowcroft and referee Uriah Rennie had no option but to send off the QPR keeper and award a penalty.

McSheffrey stepped up and despatched the spot-kick emphatically.

QPR were dominant in the first half but the visitors soaked up the pressure.

Richard Langley looked bright pulling the strings in midfield with some slick touches, but the home side couldn't find a breakthrough.

It was a night dominated by defenders. QPR captain Danny Shittu was composed in defence, whilst Coventry's Robert Page snuffed out any danger with an experienced display at the back.

Despite having the lion's share of possession and dominating the game, QPR's chances were scarce and they rarely tested Coventry keeper Martin Fulop.

Rangers manager Ian Holloway said after the game that four games in eight days over the Christmas period would be a stern test of his team's character.


By Marcus Campbell

A late penalty from Gary McSheffrey won the game for Coventry City.

QPR keeper Simon Royce was sent off three minutes from time after bringing down McSheffrey in the box.

Gareth Ainsworth had almost given QPR the lead after two minutes with a great header, but Coventry goalkeeper Martin Fulop pulled off a tremendous save.

QPR dominated the first half, with Richard Langley and Marcus Bignot both creating good chances.

With Dan Shittu commanding at the back, QPR had another good chance in the second half when Ainsworth headed Stefan Moore's cross over the bar.

But when James Scowcroft played McSheffrey through, Royce pulled him down and was shown a red card.

Substitute keeper Jake Cole came on for Gareth Ainsworth to face the spot-kick, but he couldn't stop McSheffrey handing victory to Coventry.


By Serena Harris

Gary McSheffrey scored the only goal of the game with a penalty four minutes from time in a dramatic finish at Loftus Road.

QPR goalkeeper Simon Royce fouled McSheffrey in the box and was shown a red card.

Gareth Ainsworth missed two good chances for the home side and in the end QPR paid the price.

Richard Langley did his best to lift the home crowd with some superb dribbling skills, but he couldn't get past the physical presence of Robert Page in the Coventry defence.

Gareth Ainsworth had two good chances with a header in each half, but he couldn't beat Coventry keeper Martin Fulop.

QPR manager Ian Holloway sent on Lee Cook in the second half but he was unable to change the game.

And in the dying minutes McSheffrey made sure that Coventry took home all three points and QPR were left disappointed.



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