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Ricoh Arena (ATT 10,412) 16th March 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: F Graham

Coventry Coventry City vs Hartlepool United Hartlepool

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C McDonald (33)

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Sky Blues edge out Pools

Last Updated: 16/03/13 7:07pm

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Cody McDonald: Struck the crucial goal

Cody McDonald: Struck the crucial goal

Coventry kept their play-off hopes alive with a 1-0 win over struggling Hartlepool at the Ricoh Arena.

Cody McDonald ensured Coventry finished a dour first half in front when he scored after 33 minutes.

The striker got the wrong side of Peter Hartley to latch on to Carl Baker's through ball and steer a composed finish into the bottom corner from seven yards - his first City goal since September.

Coventry should have doubled their lead when Scott Flinders parried Carl Baker's 73rd minute shot into the path of Gary McSheffrey six yards from goal, but McSheffrey failed to control after turning refusing to strike first time.

Coventry never looked comfortable despite their advantage but in truth Hartlepool created precious little.

Baker could have put the result beyond doubt in the last minute of normal time but his shot was well saved by Flinders after he twisted and turned his way past two defenders.

Pools failed to register a shot on target and have now not scored in any of their past four league games.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 34 73
2 Preston North End 33 63
3 Milton Keynes Dons 34 62
4 Swindon Town 34 61
5 Sheffield United 33 53
6 Doncaster Rovers 34 49
7 Chesterfield 34 48
8 Bradford City 33 48
9 Peterborough United 34 47
10 Barnsley 34 47
11 Oldham Athletic 33 46
12 Gillingham 34 45
13 Port Vale 34 45
14 Fleetwood Town 34 45
15 Rochdale 32 44
16 Walsall 34 44
17 Scunthorpe United 33 42
18 Notts County 33 41
19 Crewe Alexandra 34 39
20 Coventry City 33 36
21 Leyton Orient 33 35
22 Colchester United 34 34
23 Crawley Town 34 34
24 Yeovil Town 34 30