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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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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 39 84
2 Preston North End 38 74
3 Swindon Town 37 70
4 Milton Keynes Dons 38 69
5 Sheffield United 39 61
6 Rochdale 38 56
7 Barnsley 39 56
8 Peterborough United 39 56
9 Chesterfield 38 54
10 Bradford City 37 54
11 Doncaster Rovers 38 53
12 Fleetwood Town 39 53
13 Oldham Athletic 39 52
14 Gillingham 39 51
15 Port Vale 39 48
16 Walsall 38 46
17 Coventry City 39 46
18 Crewe Alexandra 39 45
19 Scunthorpe United 38 44
20 Notts County 38 43
21 Crawley Town 39 43
22 Leyton Orient 38 42
23 Colchester United 38 38
24 Yeovil Town 39 33