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  • Date:25 Feb 2012
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Ricoh Arena
  • Attendance:13,928
Goal!

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93:45 +3.45

Oliver Norwood has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.

93:25 +3.25

Gary McSheffrey takes a shot.

92:29 +2.29

Unfair challenge on David Cotterill by Gary McSheffrey results in a free kick. Gary McSheffrey goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. Scott Wiseman takes the direct free kick.

90:19 +0.19

Clive Platt finds the net with a headed goal from deep inside the penalty area. Coventry 1-0 Barnsley.Gary McSheffrey provided the assist for the goal.

89:37

David Bell crosses the ball, Stephen Foster makes a clearance. Gary McSheffrey delivers the ball.

89:16

Free kick awarded for a foul by Craig Davies on Martin Cranie. Joe Murphy restarts play with the free kick.

88:46

Clive Platt takes a shot. Comfortable save by Luke Steele.

88:25

Oliver Norwood takes a shot. Blocked by Alex Nimely.

88:12

The ball is sent over by David Bell, save made by Luke Steele.

84:54

Gary Deegan takes a shot. Blocked by Scott Wiseman.

84:41

The ball is sent over by Gary McSheffrey, clearance made by Rob Edwards.

84:12

The assistant referee flags for offside against Craig Davies. Joe Murphy restarts play with the free kick.

83:12

Oliver Norwood produces a cross, clearance made by Scott Wiseman.

80:49

Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen Foster on David Bell. Indirect free kick taken by Oliver Norwood.

79:26

Clive Platt takes a shot. Comfortable save by Luke Steele.

75:04

Gary McSheffrey concedes a free kick for a foul on Korey Smith. Stephen Dawson leaves the field to be replaced by Andy Gray. Stephen Foster takes the free kick.

74:13

David Bell takes a shot. Blocked by Rob Edwards. The ball is sent over by Cyrus Christie.

71:35

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alex Nimely by Stephen Dawson. Oliver Norwood restarts play with the free kick.

71:05

Craig Davies has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

70:33

Foul by Clive Platt on Rob Edwards, free kick awarded. Luke Steele takes the direct free kick.

69:52

Craig Davies gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jordan Clarke. Free kick taken by Joe Murphy.

68:32

The ball is delivered by Alex Nimely, Headed effort from close range by Clive Platt goes wide left of the goal.

68:03

The ball is delivered by David Bell, clearance made by Stephen Foster.

67:21

The ball is sent over by Matty Done, Cyrus Christie gets a block in.

65:47

Martin Cranie takes a shot. Luke Steele makes a save.

64:32

Gary McSheffrey takes a shot. Save made by Luke Steele.

61:15

Stephen Dawson concedes a free kick for a foul on Alex Nimely. Free kick crossed by Oliver Norwood, clearance made by Rob Edwards. Corner from right by-line taken by Gary McSheffrey. Gary McSheffrey takes a shot. Rob Edwards gets a block in. Floated corner taken by David Bell from the right by-line.

61:10

Centre by Alex Nimely, Stephen Foster manages to make a clearance.

60:18

Michael Tonge goes off and David Cotterill comes on. Matty Done replaces Scott Golbourne.

59:08

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jay McEveley on Alex Nimely. Gary McSheffrey produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

56:51

Gary McSheffrey takes a shot. Blocked by Stephen Dawson. Floated corner taken from the right by-line by David Bell.

56:01

Unfair challenge on Korey Smith by Gary McSheffrey results in a free kick. Luke Steele restarts play with the free kick.

55:03

(Coventry) makes a substitution, with David Bell coming on for Carl Baker.

52:04

The ball is crossed by Cyrus Christie, blocked by Jay McEveley.

49:56

Jordan Clarke takes a shot. Stephen Dawson gets a block in.

48:23

Scott Golbourne is ruled offside. Joe Murphy restarts play with the free kick.

47:52

The ball is sent over by Cyrus Christie, clearance made by Stephen Foster.

45:59

The ball is delivered by Cyrus Christie, Rob Edwards manages to make a clearance.

45:26 +0.26

The ball is crossed by Carl Baker.

45:22

Gary Deegan takes a shot. Save made by Luke Steele.

44:19

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jordan Clarke on Korey Smith. Free kick crossed right-footed by Michael Tonge from right wing.

41:34

Jordan Clarke delivers the ball, Stephen Foster manages to make a clearance.

39:22

Shot by Alex Nimely from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.

38:59

The ball is delivered by Alex Nimely, save by Luke Steele.

37:06

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephen Dawson by Gary Deegan. Jimmy McNulty takes the free kick.

36:51

The ball is swung over by Carl Baker.

35:59

The offside flag is raised against Scott Golbourne. Joe Murphy takes the indirect free kick.

32:30

Foul by Craig Davies on Jordan Clarke, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Joe Murphy.

32:00

Free kick awarded for a foul by Alex Nimely on Jimmy McNulty. Rob Edwards takes the free kick.

31:34

Centre by Martin Cranie.

29:49

The assistant referee flags for offside against Craig Davies. Martin Cranie takes the indirect free kick.

26:22

Corner taken by Carl Baker from the right by-line, Richard Keogh takes a shot. Save by Luke Steele.

25:43

The ball is swung over by Cyrus Christie, clearance made by Scott Wiseman.

25:13

The ball is delivered by Korey Smith, comfortable save by Joe Murphy.

23:19

Shot from just outside the box by Jimmy McNulty misses to the right of the goal.

20:44

Scott Golbourne fouled by Cyrus Christie, the ref awards a free kick. Jay McEveley takes the free kick.

19:37

Craig Davies gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Martin Cranie. Oliver Norwood restarts play with the free kick.

17:54

Michael Tonge takes a shot. Save made by Joe Murphy.

16:49

Effort on goal by Alex Nimely from inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

16:28

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Martin Cranie by Craig Davies. Joe Murphy takes the direct free kick.

15:56

Gary McSheffrey crosses the ball. The ball is sent over by Carl Baker.

15:07

Corner taken right-footed by Carl Baker.

15:01

The ball is sent over by Alex Nimely, Jay McEveley gets a block in.

13:40

Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Deegan on Michael Tonge. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Foster.

12:09

Scott Golbourne delivers the ball, Richard Keogh makes a clearance.

11:19

Unfair challenge on Gary Deegan by Stephen Dawson results in a free kick. Joe Murphy restarts play with the free kick.

10:11

Korey Smith is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Joe Murphy.

6:31

Cyrus Christie sends in a cross, Michael Tonge gets a block in. Corner taken by Carl Baker, Stephen Foster makes a clearance. Foul by Gary Deegan on Stephen Dawson, free kick awarded. Luke Steele takes the free kick.

5:34

The ball is sent over by Korey Smith.

2:02

Alex Nimely challenges Jimmy McNulty unfairly and gives away a free kick. Luke Steele takes the free kick.

1:15

Oliver Norwood gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Stephen Dawson. Luke Steele restarts play with the free kick.

Match Preview

Sky Blues duo hopeful Skipper Sammy Clingan and striker Cody McDonald will both be hoping for involvement in Coventry's crucial home clash against Barnsley. The pair have returned to training this week following spells on the sidelines nursing groin and knee injuries respectively but it remains to be seen how much manager Andy Thorn will gamble on their fitness. Neither have got any game time under their belts and are likely to have to watch from the bench as the Sky Blues aim to build on an impressive recent home record which has seen them win four of their last five at the Ricoh Arena. Midfielders David Bell (virus) and Conor Thomas (adductor) returned among the substitutes for last weekend's disappointing 2-0 defeat at Nottingham Forest, while Nathan Cameron (knee) is also back in training. That just leaves fellow defenders Richard Wood (knee) and Hermann Hreidarsson (shoulder) on the sidelines. Barnsley defender Stephen Foster is hoping to shake off illness in time for the contest. Foster is one of several players to have been hit by a virus this week, but manager Keith Hill has no new injury or suspension problems. Teenage midfielder Paul Digby made his full debut in the midweek home defeat to Birmingham and Hill must decide whether to keep the 17-year-old in his starting line-up or recall Michael Tonge, on loan from Stoke. Stephen Dawson (ankle) must wait at least another week before coming into contention for his first appearance for the Tykes following his arrival from Leyton Orient in January. Another midfielder, David Perkins, remains sidelined with a hamstring problem and defender Bobby Hassell is still nursing a knee injury. Winger Jim O'Brien is pushing for a recall after being rested in midweek following his return from a long-term groin injury and defender Scott Golbourne is also in contention to start.

Formation:442Manager: Andy Thorn

Coventry

Formation: 451Manager: Keith Hill

Barnsley

  • Joe Murphy
  • Cyrus Christie
  • Richard Keogh
  • Martin Cranie
  • Jordan Clarke
  • Carl Baker
  • Oliver Norwood
  • Gary Deegan
  • Gary McSheffrey
  • Alex Nimely
  • Clive Platt
  • SUBS
  • Chris Dunn
  • Sammy Clingan
  • David Bell
  • Cody McDonald
  • Nathan Cameron

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Match Report

Platt makes the Sky Blue for City Clive Platt left it late to seal a 1-0 victory over Barnsley and grab three vital points in Coventry's quest to retain their npower Championship status. In what was largely a dire display of football, the Tykes defence succumbed to a late sucker punch as the tireless Gary McSheffrey picked out Platt to score his first goal in 46 appearances for the Sky Blues. To the casual observer, Coventry's first-half performance was not one typical of a side battling for survival. Keith Hill's Barnsley too, far from guaranteed survival in the second tier, seemed unwilling to demonstrate any cut and thrust throughout a drab 45 minutes. And it was not until the 17th minute that either side conjured up a meaningful attempt on goal, Alex Nimely making the most of a hefty kick from Joe Murphy to jink into the box. Providing an indication of what was to come, he scooped his tame shot high over the crossbar. Coerced into some sort of response, Michael Tonge carried the ball into space to test Murphy from 25 yards, but the former Scunthorpe goalkeeper was well placed to parry clear. Jimmy McNulty soon tried a curling long-range effort of his own but miscued his drive to the right of the target. The Sky Blues registered their first shot on target shortly before the half-hour mark, Richard Keogh nodding Carl Baker's floated corner into Luke Steele's gloves. The home crowd's malaise manifested itself in a chorus of groans five minutes before the break as Nimely spurned a golden opportunity to break the deadlock. After craftily sneaking through the Tykes' back line, Steele's kidology paid dividends as the Manchester City loanee pumped his shot harmlessly into the hoardings. If Andy Thorn had rallied his troops to stamp their authority on Barnsley after the break, it was not immediately in evidence as the second half got off to a lethargic start. With the hour mark approaching, McSheffrey thought he could beat Steele from distance but Stephen Dawson raced across to cover. The ex-Birmingham striker went closer in the 65th minute, though, making the most of a lofted ball forward to test Steele with a bullet header. McSheffrey's verve sparked something in the home side and Martin Cranie soon arrived in a good position to ping the ball into Steele's gloves, with Barnsley on the back foot. Nimely re-emerged as a creative outlet as the final 20 minutes approached, providing a tricky cross that Platt could not manage to direct into the net. Craig Davies' attempt to unsettle Murphy with a potential daisy-cutter resulted in a harmless hooked shot as the visitors clutched at anything thrown their way. By now both sides were exhausted by their own profligacy, and a critical lapse in concentration saw Barnsley's defence punished in injury time. McSheffrey's earlier travails finally paid off as he picked out Platt to nod home what could prove to be a pivotal goal in the Sky Blues' troubled campaign.

Form Guide

    WLLLWL
  • Coventry
  • VS
  • Barnsley
  • LWLLWL

Last Meetings

  • Barnsley
  • 2 - 0
  • Coventry
  • 01/10/2011
  • Barnsley
  • 2 - 1
  • Coventry
  • 03/01/2011
  • Coventry
  • 3 - 0
  • Barnsley
  • 23/10/2010
  • Coventry
  • 3 - 1
  • Barnsley
  • 09/01/2010
  • Barnsley
  • 0 - 2
  • Coventry
  • 15/08/2009
  • Coventry
  • 1 - 1
  • Barnsley
  • 21/04/2009

Top Scorers

Coventry

  • G McSheffrey 3
  • G Deegan 3
  • C Platt 2
  • C Baker 1
  • S Clingan 1
  • R Wood 1
  • A Nimely 1
  • C McDonald 1
  • C Thomas 1

Barnsley

  • C Davies 9
  • A Gray 5
  • J Butterfield 5
  • M Done 4
  • J McNulty 2
  • J O'Brien 2
  • S Foster 1
  • S Wiseman 1
  • S Golbourne 1

Goals

Coventry

    • Total goals 74
    • Goals per game 28
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • (For) 3 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) 4 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 7 (For) 6 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 3 (For) 7 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 4 (For) 6 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 3 (For) 10 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Barnsley

    • Total goals 91
    • Goals per game 45
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 7 (For) 5 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 6 (For) 2 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 6 (For) 8 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 4 (For) 5 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 5 (For) 3 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 3 (For) 12 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 5 (For) 5 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 7 (For) 7 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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