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Hillsborough (ATT 20,026) 17th October 2009 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: C Webster

Sheff Wed Sheffield Wednesday vs Coventry City Coventry

Sheff Wed 2

D Purse (4)
L Clarke (pen 20)

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Owls sink Sky Blues

Purse & Clarke on mark for Owls

Last Updated: 19/10/09 4:25pm

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Purse: Early opener

Purse: Early opener

Sheffield Wednesday leapfrogged Coventry in the table thanks to a 2-0 win over the Sky Blues at Hillsborough.

First-half goals from Darren Purse and Leon Clarke were enough to give Wednesday only their second win in seven games.

Purse opened the scoring in the fourth minute when he headed home Darren Potter's inswinging corner and Clarke doubled his side's advantage from the penalty spot after Elliott Ward had brought down James O'Connor.

Coventry offered little in reply and their afternoon was further soured when Aron Gunnarsson picked up a serious-looking injury following a challenge by Clarke.

Wednesday boss Laws made three changes to the side beaten 3-0 by Derby prior to the international break.

Luke Varney replaced Marcus Tudgay in attack, while Jermaine Johnson and Mark Beevers also started in place of Etienne Esajas and Richard Wood.

Chris Coleman also made three changes to his Coventry side, with Ben Turner, Isaac Osbourne and Michael McIndoe coming in for Martin Cranie, Sammy Clingan and Freddy Eastwood.

It took Wednesday just four minutes to take the lead. Potter swung in a corner from the left and Purse rose highest to power a header past Keiren Westwood.

There were few other chances early on as both sides struggled in the final third of the field.

Penalty

However, the Owls doubled their lead in the 18th minute, Clarke making no mistake from 12 yards after Ward had been penalised for a poor challenge on O'Connor.

Coventry looked to rally, but Clinton Morrison and Patrick Van Aanholt both missed the target when they should have tested Lee Grant in the Wednesday goal.

The Sky Blues suffered a further setback 10 minutes into the second half when Gunnarsson was stretchered off with a serious leg injury.

The Icelandic midfielder went down following a nasty challenge from Clarke and there was a lengthy delay before the stricken player was stretchered from the field in obvious pain.

Clarke received a yellow card from referee Colin Webster, while Gunnarsson was replaced by Eastwood - making his 200th career league appearance.

Owls keeper Grant made a fine stop to deny Ward shortly before the hour mark, while at the other end Varney saw a shot comfortably saved by Westwood.

Michael Gray and Clarke both spurned further opportunities to extend Wednesday's advantage, before Coventry midfielder Jack Cork dragged a shot wide from close range.

Cork had another chance with 10 minutes remaining, but his left-footed strike drew a superb diving save from Grant.

And although the visitors continued to press they were unable to breach the Wednesday defence.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Watford 45 88
2 Bournemouth 45 87
3 Middlesbrough 45 84
4 Norwich City 45 83
5 Ipswich Town 45 78
6 Derby County 45 77
7 Brentford 45 75
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 45 75
9 Blackburn Rovers 45 64
10 Charlton Athletic 45 60
11 Birmingham City 45 60
12 Nottingham Forest 45 59
13 Cardiff City 45 59
14 Sheffield Wednesday 45 59
15 Leeds United 45 55
16 Huddersfield Town 45 54
17 Fulham 45 52
18 Bolton Wanderers 45 51
19 Reading 44 47
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 45 46
21 Rotherham United 44 42
22 Millwall 45 41
23 Wigan Athletic 45 39
24 Blackpool 45 25

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