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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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2 Watford 39 72
3 Middlesbrough 39 72
4 Norwich City 39 70
5 Derby County 39 67
6 Ipswich Town 39 67
7 Brentford 39 66
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 39 65
9 Nottingham Forest 39 57
10 Blackburn Rovers 39 54
11 Charlton Athletic 39 54
12 Sheffield Wednesday 39 53
13 Leeds United 39 52
14 Cardiff City 39 51
15 Birmingham City 38 47
16 Brighton and Hove Albion 39 45
17 Bolton Wanderers 39 45
18 Huddersfield Town 39 44
19 Reading 38 44
20 Fulham 39 43
21 Rotherham United 39 40
22 Wigan Athletic 39 35
23 Millwall 39 33
24 Blackpool 39 23

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