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Ricoh Arena (ATT 15,551) 17th January 2009 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: C Pawson

Coventry Coventry City vs Blackpool Blackpool

Mifsud seals Coventry win

Sky Blues bounce back

Last Updated: 17/01/09 6:36pm

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Mifsud: Goalscorer

Mifsud: Goalscorer

Coventry bounced back from an early deficit with two goals in a matter of minutes against Blackpool at the Ricoh Arena.

Loan striker DJ Campbell, who only joined the Seasiders earlier in the week, looked to have given the visitors a dream start with his cool finish on 25 minutes.

Second-half strikes from Guillaume Beuzelin and Michael Mifsud, though, were enough to seal all three points for the Sky Blues.

The Seasiders, who have not won at Coventry for 72 years, are now without a win in seven games.


The home side were the first to register their attacking intent as midfielder Beuzelin demonstrated impressive skill and composure before rifling a curling effort toward goal which had goalkeeper Paul Rachubka at full stretch to tip round the post.

Coventry continued to pile forward and Rachubka was called upon agains as a frantic goalmouth scramble broke to Ben Turner, but he failed to connect properly with his shot.

The visitors came to life as Aron Gunnarsson's last-ditch tackle prevented Ben Burgess from scoring a certain opener in the 24th minute but the Seasiders were not to be denied a minute later.

A ricochet took Burgess' misplaced pass straight into the path of Campbell, who showed great composure before slotting past Keiren Westwood.


Chris Coleman's men almost found an instant response but captain Clinton Morrison got the ball stuck under his feet with the goal at his mercy.

But two minutes after the break parity was restored as Beuzelin found space in the Blackpool defence to get on the end of Jay Tabb's right-wing cross and made no mistake from just inside the area.

Coventry were a team revived and took the lead in the 51st minute as a swift interchange between Morrison and strike partner Freddy Eastwood opened up the defence, Morrison teeing it up for Mifsud to stroke home confidently from 12 yards out.

Blackpool were far from out of the game though and the Sky Blues had Westwood to thank as he pulled off a fantastic save to deny Shaun Barker's volley from finding the back of the net.

The visitors desperately searched for an equaliser and were again denied at the death as Barker's goal-bound header was cleared off the line by alert 17-year-old debutant Curtis Wynter.

They did find the net with just three minutes to go but Campbell's tap-in was ruled out for offside.

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