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Ricoh Arena (ATT 21,167) 7th February 2009 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: M Oliver

Coventry Coventry City vs Wolverhampton Wanderers Wolves

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Sky Blues see off Wolves

Leaders pay the penalty at Ricoh Arena

Last Updated: 07/02/09 5:42pm

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Westwood: Penalty save

Westwood: Penalty save

Keiren Westwood's last-gasp penalty save secured Coventry a 2-1 win over leaders Wolves at the Ricoh Arena.

The keeper saved Sylvan Ebanks-Blake's injury-time spot-kick after the striker was felled by Ben Turner.

Michael Doyle gave Coventry the lead in the first half but substitute Sam Vokes brought Wolves level. However, parity proved short-lived as Leon McKenzie's grabbed the winner for the home side.

Doyle followed up his goal in the defeat at Derby last week by getting on the scoresheet again after 25 minutes following good work by his fellow Republic of Ireland international Clinton Morrison.

Morrison showed good strength to hold off Richard Stearman and get a shot away. His effort struck a post and rebounded kindly into the path of Doyle who could not miss from six yards out.

Against run of play

The goal came somewhat against the run of play. Wolves had been the better side and Coventry struggled to get out of their own half early on.

But the hosts grew in confidence after the goal and David Bell, making his home debut following his deadline-day transfer from Norwich, came close to extending Coventry's lead before the half-hour mark.

Christophe Berra should have equalised just before the break but he headed over from Matt Jarvis' corner when unmarked just six yards out.

The Scot was presented with a similar chance after an hour, he managed to get his effort on target this time but it was a comfortable save for Westwood.

Ebanks-Blake and Chris Iwelumo have scored 33 league goals between them for Wolves this season but they did not get a sniff of a chance in this game.

Mick McCarthy decided to split up the partnership after 62 minutes by bringing on Vokes for Iwelumo, and it proved to be an inspired move as the Wales international brought the league leaders level within 10 minutes of his introduction.

Equaliser
Michael Kightly dug-out a cross from the left-hand side and Vokes was on hand to head home at the far post.

But parity lasted just three minutes. McKenzie should have scored moments before following a mistake by Berra but somehow blazed his shot over the crossbar from six yards.

He made no mistake when given a second opportunity, slotting the ball into the bottom corner after collecting Jordan Henderson's pass.

Only a fine save from Wayne Hennessey to tip Morrison's shot round the post prevented Coventry from extending their lead before Westwood's heroics at the end.

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Derby County 14 26
2 Watford 14 26
3 Norwich City 15 26
4 Wolverhampton Wanderers 14 26
5 Bournemouth 14 24
6 Middlesbrough 14 24
7 Nottingham Forest 14 22
8 Blackburn Rovers 14 22
9 Charlton Athletic 14 22
10 Ipswich Town 14 21
11 Cardiff City 14 19
12 Sheffield Wednesday 14 19
13 Brentford 14 19
14 Reading 14 18
15 Millwall 14 17
16 Rotherham United 14 17
17 Huddersfield Town 14 17
18 Leeds United 14 16
19 Wigan Athletic 14 15
20 Fulham 14 14
21 Brighton and Hove Albion 14 13
22 Bolton Wanderers 15 11
23 Birmingham City 14 11
24 Blackpool 14 6

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