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

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