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Ricoh Arena (ATT 17,195) 25th April 2009 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: R Booth

Coventry Coventry City vs Watford Watford


Hornets sting for Sky Blues

Watford come from behind to snatch win

Last Updated: 25/04/09 6:25pm

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Priskin: Grabbed the winner

Priskin: Grabbed the winner

Watford came from two goals down to seal a 3-2 win at Coventry City.

Freddy Eastwood gave the Sky Blues the lead early on and Robbie Simpson put them firmly on course for a first win in seven shortly after the break.

But Tommy Smith reacted first to his saved penalty to reduce the deficit and Grzegorz Rasiak headed the Hornets level before Tamas Priskin slotted home the winner.

Daniel Fox added to Coventry's misery when he saw red late on.

Sky Blues boss Chris Coleman's selection choices were limited by a host of injuries but he was able to welcome back striker Clinton Morrison following illness.

The Hornets also received a boost to their frontline with Priskin back after a fortnight out due to a knee problem, while strike partner Rasiak made his first start since his groin trouble.


The Sky Blues broke the deadlock in the 10th minute when Clinton Morrison set up Eastwood to slot home from 12 yards.

The effort was the Wales striker's fourth goal in all competitions since arriving from Wolves in the summer.

Goalkeeper Scott Loach was then called upon to keep the Sky Blues' advantage down to a single goal, making a brilliant save to deny Simpson. Keiren Westwood was in action at the other end parrying away Priskin's strike, before defender Lloyd Doyley struck a poor effort wide from close range.

Simpson doubled the Sky Blues' advantage nine minutes after the break, firing home a free-kick from 25 yards after he was fouled by Ross Jenkins.

Smith then went close to pulling one back when he fired the ball against the bar. He had another chance to reduce the deadlock shortly after when Ben Turner fouled Rasiak in the box.

Smith saw his spot-kick saved by Westwood but made amends by slotting home the rebound in the 58th minute. And the visitors were level three minutes later when Rasiak headed home Jobi McAnuff's cross.

The comeback was complete in the 74th minute when Rasiak headed the ball on for Priskin to find the net with a close-range strike.

Coventry's woes continued as Fox was sent off for violent conduct in the 82nd minute after a clash with Priskin.

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