• Date: Sat 21 November 2009
  • Venue: Ricoh Arena
  • Ref: Singh, J
  • Attendance: 18,400
1 - 1
Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace

Ambrose (28)

Coventry City vs Crystal Palace

Team Lineups

Coventry City

Keiren Westwood
Stephen Wright
Patrick van Aanholt
Leon Barnett
Richard Wood
David Bell
Aron Gunnarsson
Jack Cork
Michael McIndoe
Leon Best
Clinton Morrison, C (Gary Madine, 90)

Crystal Palace

Julian Speroni
Clint Hill
Jose Miguel Fonte
Danny Butterfield
Johannes Ertl
Claude Davis
Shaun Derry
Darren Ambrose
Neil Danns (Alassane N'Diaye, 90)
Freddie Sears (Stern John, 70)
Alan Lee (Calvin Andrew, 70)

Match Report
Coventry City fought back to earn a much-needed point against Crystal Palace. Leon Best's seventh goal of the season secured the draw after Darren Ambrose had given the Eagles a first-half advantage. City almost made a perfect start after a Julian Speroni mistake. The Palace keeper spilled a simple header from defender Danny Butterfield into Michael McIndoe's path, but he couldn't get the ball out from under his feet and it was cleared. Palace recovered from the early scare and Ambrose came close with a powerful driven shot from 25-yards but the ball went over the bar. Ambrose was at the heart of the action again in the 20th minute, providing a good cross from Neil Danns, whose header was blocked well by the diving Keiren Westwood. Freddie Sears pounced on the loose ball and his ball into the box nearly provided an own goal after bouncing of Aron Gunnarsson but it trickled past the post. But it was third time lucky for Ambrose, who scored his ninth of the season in the 28th minute. Leon Barnett's defensive header fell to Sears and he found the former Chartlon man with a low pass to the back post. Coventry were quiet for the rest of the half but started with a bang in the second period. McIndoe continued to torment Butterfield on the wing and turned him twice before playing a ball into the box, which Best converted with a strong header. Coventry started to pile on the pressure and came close in the 52nd minute after another Speroni error. The keeper dropped the ball into a crowd of players and Richard Wood was able to shoot, only for his effort to go wide. The Sky Blues pushed for a winner but couldn't get the breakthrough they needed.
Live Text Commentary

Clinton Morrison is being taken off, Gary Madine has come on in his place.

Full time

The ref has blown his whistle for full time.


Neil Danns is being taken off, Alassane N'Diaye has come on in his place.

Yellow Card

The referee has booked Stephen Wright.

Yellow Card

Leon Best is booked for dissent.


Alan Lee is replaced by Calvin Andrew.


Freddie Sears is replaced by Stern John.

Yellow Card

Claude Davis is booked for unsporting behaviour.


Goal!! Coventry have scored with Leon Best putting it in the back of the net.

Second half

The second half is under way with the score currently at 0 v 1.

Half time

Half time whistle is blown by J Singh

Yellow Card

The referee has booked Alan Lee.

Yellow Card

Jose Miguel Fonte goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.


Goal!! Darren Ambrose scores for Crystal Palace.


It's 3pm on Saturday, November 21st, the match has kicked off.

Awaiting Kickoff

Coventry face Crystal Palace at 3pm on Saturday, November 21st.