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  • Date:10 Mar 2012
  • Kick-off:12:30
  • Venue:Ricoh Arena
  • Attendance:22,240
  • McSheffrey (69)
  • King (71)
Goal!

Live Commentary

97:11 +7.11

The ball is swung over by Peter Ramage, Richard Keogh makes a clearance.

96:39 +6.39

The ball is swung over by Chris Burke.

95:05 +5.05

The ball is crossed by Clive Platt, clearance made by Jonathan Spector.

93:03 +3.03

Conor Thomas sends in a cross, save by Boaz Myhill.

91:22 +1.22

Conor Thomas takes a shot. Boaz Myhill makes a save.

88:54

Alex Nimely fouled by Jordon Mutch, the ref awards a free kick. Jordon Mutch is sent off. Wade Elliott is brought on as a substitute for Marlon King. Joe Murphy takes the free kick.

87:59

Andros Townsend fouled by Jordan Clarke, the ref awards a free kick. Jordan Clarke is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Free kick crossed right-footed by Jordon Mutch, clearance by Sammy Clingan.

87:29

A cross is delivered by Gary McSheffrey.

86:14

Unfair challenge on Peter Ramage by Alex Nimely results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.

85:34

Chris Burke produces a cross, Headed effort from close range by Marlon King goes wide left of the target.

84:27

Marlon King challenges Nathan Cameron unfairly and gives away a free kick. Joe Murphy takes the direct free kick.

83:51

Centre by Gary McSheffrey, Peter Ramage gets a block in. Shot from just outside the box by Oliver Norwood misses to the right of the target.

82:15

Andros Townsend crosses the ball.

80:40

Corner taken by Chris Burke from the left by-line, save by Joe Murphy.

80:24

Corner taken by Chris Burke played to the near post, clearance by Richard Keogh.

80:04

Carl Baker goes off and Conor Thomas comes on.

76:58

Keith Fahey concedes a free kick for a foul on Carl Baker. Gary McSheffrey crosses the ball in from the free kick.

75:46

Chris Burke produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the goal.

74:55

Oliver Norwood takes a shot from just outside the area and strikes the post.

74:26

Gary McSheffrey takes the inswinging corner, Nikola Zigic manages to make a clearance.

74:18

Centre by Carl Baker, Peter Ramage makes a clearance.

73:03

Effort on goal by Gary McSheffrey from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target. The assistant referee signals for offside against Alex Nimely. Boaz Myhill takes the indirect free kick.

72:37

Guirane N'Daw leaves the field to be replaced by Jordon Mutch.

71:26

Marlon King gets on the score sheet with a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Coventry 1-1 Birmingham.The assist for the goal came from Peter Ramage.

69:31

Carl Baker delivers the ball, Gary McSheffrey finds the net with a headed goal from inside the penalty box. Coventry 1-0 Birmingham.Carl Baker provided the assist for the goal.

69:00

The official flags Marlon King offside. Indirect free kick taken by Joe Murphy.

67:02

Chris Burke crosses the ball, Headed effort from inside the box by Nikola Zigic misses to the right of the target.

66:44

The ball is swung over by Carl Baker, Peter Ramage manages to make a clearance.

66:03

Keith Fahey produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.

65:56

The ball is swung over by Andros Townsend, clearance by Nathan Cameron.

65:09

Peter Ramage takes a shot. Comfortable save by Joe Murphy.

64:32

Oliver Norwood takes a shot. Boaz Myhill makes a comfortable save.

63:46

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Chris Burke.

62:34

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andros Townsend by Jordan Clarke. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Chris Burke from left wing, Sammy Clingan manages to make a clearance.

60:48

Nikola Zigic comes on in place of Erik Huseklepp. Clive Platt is brought on as a substitute for Cody McDonald.

58:41

The ball is swung over by Carl Baker.

58:06

Curled left-footed shot by Chris Burke. Save by Joe Murphy.

57:40

Shot from just outside the box by Guirane N'Daw misses to the left of the target.

57:16

Keith Fahey takes a shot. Blocked by Nathan Cameron.

55:59

Foul by Alex Nimely on Steven Caldwell, free kick awarded. Alex Nimely receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.

54:48

The referee gives a free kick against Carl Baker for handball. Free kick crossed by Andros Townsend, brilliant save by Joe Murphy.

54:17

Gary McSheffrey sends in a cross, Curtis Davies makes a clearance.

53:33

Corner taken by Gary McSheffrey from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Keith Fahey.

52:27

The referee penalises Jordan Clarke for handball. Free kick taken by Jonathan Spector.

49:04

Andros Townsend crosses the ball, clearance by Richard Keogh.

48:06

Corner taken by Andros Townsend, clearance by Oliver Norwood.

48:01

Centre by Chris Burke, Richard Keogh makes a clearance.

47:31

The ball is crossed by Chris Burke.

46:01 +1.01

Corner taken by Andros Townsend from the right by-line, Joe Murphy makes a save.

45:36 +0.36

Andros Townsend takes a shot. Richard Keogh gets a block in.

45:24

Peter Ramage sends in a cross, blocked by Gary McSheffrey.

44:48

The official flags Gary McSheffrey offside. Indirect free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.

44:11

The ball is delivered by Jonathan Spector.

41:46

Jordan Clarke delivers the ball, Steven Caldwell makes a clearance.

41:41

The ball is sent over by Carl Baker, clearance by Peter Ramage.

41:28

Martin Cranie produces a cross.

40:39

The assistant referee flags for offside against Marlon King. Joe Murphy takes the indirect free kick.

38:21

Andros Townsend crosses the ball, comfortable save by Joe Murphy.

37:56

Chris Burke produces a cross, Martin Cranie gets a block in. Andros Townsend takes a short corner.

37:30

The assistant referee signals for offside against Jordan Clarke. Boaz Myhill takes the free kick.

36:28

The ball is swung over by Chris Burke, clearance made by Richard Keogh.

35:14

The assistant referee flags for offside against Erik Huseklepp. Joe Murphy takes the free kick.

33:37

The ball is sent over by Chris Burke, clearance by Richard Keogh.

32:28

Erik Huseklepp produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

30:36

Chris Burke delivers the ball, clearance made by Nathan Cameron.

29:31

Cody McDonald fouled by Steven Caldwell, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Oliver Norwood.

25:56

The assistant referee flags for offside against Marlon King. Joe Murphy takes the indirect free kick.

24:13

Keith Fahey concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary McSheffrey. Richard Keogh delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing.

23:26

The referee blows for offside. Joe Murphy restarts play with the free kick.

22:55

Foul by Jordan Clarke on Erik Huseklepp, free kick awarded. Jonathan Spector takes the free kick.

19:17

Corner taken by Gary McSheffrey, save made by Boaz Myhill.

18:40

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Sammy Clingan, clearance made by Curtis Davies.

18:32

The ball is delivered by Oliver Norwood, Peter Ramage manages to make a clearance.

18:23

The ball is swung over by Jordan Clarke, Steven Caldwell makes a clearance.

17:14

A cross is delivered by Gary McSheffrey.

16:53

Cody McDonald fouled by Steven Caldwell, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Oliver Norwood.

15:04

Andros Townsend takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Cody McDonald manages to make a clearance.

14:39

Chris Burke sends in a cross, clearance by Nathan Cameron. Corner taken left-footed by Andros Townsend to the near post, clearance made by Jordan Clarke.

12:17

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Carl Baker by Jonathan Spector. Gary McSheffrey produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.

12:07

The ball is delivered by Gary McSheffrey, Steven Caldwell makes a clearance.

5:13

Free kick awarded for a foul by Sammy Clingan on Andros Townsend. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Chris Burke from left channel.

4:46

Chris Burke takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Martin Cranie.

4:34

Peter Ramage sends in a cross, Richard Keogh manages to make a clearance.

4:19

Andros Townsend decides to take a short corner.

4:03

Chris Burke crosses the ball, blocked by Martin Cranie.

3:06

Corner taken right-footed by Sammy Clingan, Curtis Davies makes a clearance.

2:58

Gary McSheffrey crosses the ball, Curtis Davies makes a clearance.

1:43

Chris Burke takes the inswinging corner, Richard Keogh manages to make a clearance.

0:42

Andros Townsend produces a cross, Oliver Norwood manages to make a clearance.

Match Preview

As you were for Sky Blues Coventry have no new injury or suspension problems for the visit of midlands rivals Birmingham. Loan striker Alex Nimely proved his fitness to keep his place in attack for Tuesday's 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace and will again be involved, but midfielder David Bell missed out with a groin complaint and is to be assessed. Manager Andy Thorn made two changes against the Eagles, Carl Baker replacing Bell while fit-again defender Nathan Cameron got his first taste of action in over two months as he relegated Cyrus Christie to the bench. Skipper Sammy Clingan and striker Cody McDonald, who came on to bag City's 80th-minute equaliser, continue to push for starting roles. Defenders Richard Wood (knee) and Hermann Hreidarsson (shoulder) will again watch from the stands. Striker Marlon King returns to the Ricoh Arena for the first time since switching across the midlands last summer, while Coventry winger Gary McSheffrey also comes up against his former club in the 12.30pm kick-off. Birmingham will assess three players for the trip while as many as four come back into contention. Midfielder Keith Fahey (groin) and left-back David Murphy (hip) both missed the midweek FA Cup defeat to Chelsea and will be monitored ahead of the weekend, while centre-back Steven Caldwell (ribs) remains a major doubt. But quartet Peter Ramage, Andros Townsend, Erik Huseklepp and Caleb Folan all return to the fold having been ineligible to feature. Curtis Davies shrugged off illness to start against Chelsea and should again be okay to face the Sky Blues, but skipper Stephen Carr (knee) continues to sit out. Striker Marlon King returns to the Ricoh Arena for the first time since switching across the midlands last summer, while Coventry winger Gary McSheffrey also comes up against his former club in the 12.30pm kick-off.

Formation:442Manager: Andy Thorn

Coventry

Formation: 451Manager: Chris Hughton

Birmingham

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

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Match Report

King strike keeps Sky Blues in bottom three Gary McSheffrey and Marlon King both scored against their former clubs as a 1-1 draw at the Ricoh Arena did little for the respective survival and promotion hopes of Coventry and Birmingham. For a Midlands derby, the first half was a tame and forgettable affair but the game sprang into life after half-time. The goals came within two minutes of one another midway through the second half. McSheffrey, who spent four years at Birmingham before rejoining Coventry in the summer of 2010, headed the Sky Blues in front after 70 minutes and had home fans dreaming of climbing out of the relegation zone with a sixth npower Championship victory in their last eight home matches. But the lead lasted just two minutes before King, Coventry's top scorer last season, capitalised on some slack defending to equalise from close range. Birmingham finished the game with 10 men after substitute Jordan Mutch was shown a straight red card for allegedly elbowing Alex Nimely. Andy Thorn's side stay in the bottom three, while Birmingham's hopes of mounting a late automatic promotion challenge are looking increasingly slim after only one win in their last five league games. The only noteworthy action of the first half came when the visitors thought they should have had a penalty after Andros Townsend had gone down under a challenge from Jordan Clarke, but referee Neil Swarbrick waved away the appeals. Guirane N'Daw and Chris Burke worked Coventry goalkeeper Joe Murphy before the hour mark before Peter Ramage and Keith Fahey also threatened for the Blues. But it was Coventry who went ahead. Carl Baker did brilliantly down the right-hand side and his pin-point cross was headed back across goal by McSheffrey from 12 yards out for his seventh goal of the season. The lead was shortlived however. The Sky Blues failed to deal with a long throw from Ramage and after substitute Nikola Zigic missed his header, King took advantage of Clarke's hesitancy to tuck the ball away from six yards out. Oliver Norwood almost immediately restored Coventry's lead, but his curler from the edge of the box struck a post. King came close to scoring a winner with five minutes remaining, but he got his header wrong and the ball drifted wide. Mutch was sent off in the final minute following an innocuous-looking challenge on Nimely. end

Form Guide

    LWLWLD
  • Coventry
  • VS
  • Birmingham
  • DWDWLD

Last Meetings

  • Birmingham
  • 1 - 0
  • Coventry
  • 13/08/2011
  • Coventry
  • 1 - 0
  • Birmingham
  • 21/02/2009
  • Birmingham
  • 0 - 1
  • Coventry
  • 03/11/2008
  • Birmingham
  • 3 - 0
  • Coventry
  • 01/04/2007
  • Coventry
  • 0 - 1
  • Birmingham
  • 31/10/2006
  • Coventry
  • 1 - 1
  • Birmingham
  • 24/03/2002

Top Scorers

Coventry

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

Birmingham

  • C Burke 9
  • M King 8
  • N Zigic 8
  • C Davies 5
  • N Redmond 4
  • K Fahey 2
  • A Rooney 2
  • D Murphy 1
  • E Huseklepp 1

Goals

Coventry

    • Total goals 79
    • Goals per game 30
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • (For) 4 (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) 7 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 3 (For) 7 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 5 (For) 6 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 4 (For) 10 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Birmingham

    • Total goals 102
    • Goals per game 53
  • 3 (For) 2 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 4 (For) 3 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 7 (For) 4 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 5 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 5 (For) 1 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 5 (For) 7 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 5 (For) 4 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 18 (For) 2 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

possession


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